Radnor Township police officer commits suicide in police parking lot privateofficer.com

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Radnor Township PA Sept 12 2014  — Law enforcement officials have confirmed the suicide death of a local police officer.

Township police are mourning the death of Officer Robert “John” Miller, a 9-year veteran of the department.

Authorities say Miller, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the police department parking lot at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a witness who arrived outside the police station at 6:45 p.m., emergency vehicles were on the scene at that time, and police had cordoned off the officer’s pickup truck in the employee parking lot with crime scene tape.

The Radnor cop’s suicide comes less than two weeks after a police officer committed suicide in his vehicle outside of the Lower Providence police station in Montgomery County.

“Please keep Officer Miller and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” said police officials in a statement released late this morning.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Lower Providence officer found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound privateofficer.com

 

LOWER PROVIDENCE PA Aug 30 2014 — A man found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the parking lot of the township municipal building Wednesday afternoon, has been identified as a police officer.

The Lower Providence Police Department has identified the officer as Mark F. Wells, a 25-year employee of the township police department.

The release says the 45-year-old man was found in a green utility vehicle in the lower parking lot of the township building around 2:30 p.m.

The Lower Providence Township Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, the release said.

Lower Providence Ambulance and the county coroner were also at the scene.
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Adairsville police lieutenant commits suicide in patrol vehicle privateofficer.com

 

 

 

Adairsville GA Aug 24 2014 Adairsville police Lt. Matt Fowler was remembered Friday evening as an enthusiastic law enforcement officer who loved his community and his job.

Fowler, 31, of Rome, was found dead Friday afternoon in his unmarked Ford Crown Victoria in the Adair subdivision off Ga. 140 in Adairsville.
He was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m. and his death is a suspected suicide, according to Bartow County Deputy Coroner Brian Irish. He died of gunshot wound to the head, Irish said.
Fowler’s body is being sent the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for a full autopsy, Irish added.
Rome Police Chief Elaine Snow said Fowler — a 2001 Rome High School graduate — first came to Rome police as a patrol officer in January 2004.
Snow said she remembers him as always smiling, and always had nice, positive things to say.
“He will be missed,” Snow said late Friday. “He was very good officer, very dedicated to his job. He loved what he did and loved his community. He worked very well with his fellow officers and was well respected.”
Snow added that during his four years of service with the Rome police he received numerous letters of commendation.
Many Romans might remember it was Fowler who caught a dangerous murder suspect in August 2007.
Fowler was the first officer to arrive on the scene of the Wilkerson Road shooting on Aug. 26, 2007, that claimed the life of Charles Jeffery Christian, 46, and seriously injured Phyllis Hayes Avery, 32, after John Clayton Corley went on a shooting spree with an AK-47.
Snow said Fowler was awarded Officer of the Month, and later Officer of the Year in 2007 for the act. He also received proclamations from both the Rome City Commission and Floyd County Commission, she added.
Fowler also served as a Floyd County police officer before going to Rome.
Floyd County police Maj. Mark Wallace said Fowler worked two stints with the county police.
“He was a young officer when he came to us,” said Wallace. “He was very business-like, a real go-getter. He came to policing from the Explorers program. It was something he always wanted to do since before he was in diapers, and he really designed his life around doing that.”
According to Fowler’s LinkedIn.com account, he worked at the Euharlee Police Department before going to the Adairsville police in 2012.
At Adairsville, he held the position of chief of detectives and support services division commander as well as the department’s public information officer.
Adairsville City Manager Pam Madison said his death is a loss for their community.
“He was definitely one of the good guys,” she said.
Adairsville interim Police Chief Arnold E. Gillman could not be reached for comment late Friday.
Snow added that even though Fowler hadn’t worked for her department in years, he would still drop by her office from time to time to say hello.
“He was more than just an officer,” Snow added. “He was our brother, and he was a dear friend. It just breaks my heart. This is a tremendous loss for us.”

Houston officer who took his life was part of ticket-rigging internal investigation privateofficer.com

 

HOUSTON TX Aug 21 2014  — The KHOU I-Team has confirmed the officer who took his life was under internal investigation. He was a 21-year veteran of the force, and out of respect for the family, KHOU has chosen not to release his name until Houston Police officially do so.
Multiple sources confirm to the I-Team that he was relieved of duty earlier Tuesday. He is one of four HPD officers relieved and ordered to turn in their badges amid a ticket-rigging investigation that questions where those officers were, and when.
An I-Team analysis of speeding tickets written by the Houston Police Traffic Enforcement Unit reveals several dozen cases in which officers were listed in two places at once. That includes the officer who committed suicide.
For example, he is listed on two tickets along the Katy Freeway one early February morning. At 12:29 a.m., he is shown as a witnessing officer near the Westcott Street exit. But also at 12:29 a.m, the same officer is listed as writing a ticket to another citizen near Gessner Road.
That’s seven miles away.
Another set of questionable tickets occurred late at night in May along the Katy Freeway. Records show the same officer was supposedly at Westcott Street witnessing a speeder. But somehow, he was also writing up a citizen for speeding nine miles away at the same exact time.
The I-Team also identified cases in which the same officer was listed on two completely different roads. Also in May, the same officer is listed at I-610 and Memorial Drive at 12:52 a.m., but also listed at I-10 and Gessner Road at 12:52 a.m.
The facts indicate it is fiction.
Law enforcement sources told the I-Team the motivation for the alleged ticket-rigging was court overtime. Witnessing officers are subpoenaed and must appear ready to testify.
Records show the officer who killed himself made $158,000 in overtime over the past three years.
It’s unclear how much of that overtime was linked to the questionable tickets.
Relief of a duty is an action that HPD traditionally has taken in only the most serious of cases, that may result in criminal charges.
The Houston Police Department was not immediately available for comment.
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Houston police officer commits suicide at old headquarters privateofficer.com

 

HPD officer shot near city jail

HOUSTON TX Aug 20 2014 – A Houston police officer shot and killed himself Tuesday afternoon in downtown Houston, according to reports.
The incident happened at that old HPD headquarters, located in the 6100 block of Riesner.
Upon completion of traffic court, the officer went back to the garage and entered his patrol car.
Police sources said the officers who made the discovery were alerted by the fact that the emergency lights in the victim’s patrol unit had been turned on and were flashing. That’s what made them take a closer look. They found him dead inside the car.
“When officers pulled him out of the vehicle, at that point, they determined he was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Houston Police Public Information Officer Victor Senties.
The officers also retrieved the weapon from the patrol car. The officer’s identity has not been released.

Cerritos College police chief found dead at motel from suicide privateofficer.com

 

NORWALK CA Aug 20 2014 Cerritos College officials confirmed Tuesday that the school’s chief of police, Richard Bukowiecki, died as a result of an apparent suicide.
Westminster police officials informed college authorities of Bukowiecki’s death Monday, said Aya Abelon, spokeswoman for Cerritos College.
Officers were called to a Super 8 motel in the 15500 block of Beach Boulevard yesterday after a cleaning woman found Bukowiecki’s body inside one of the rooms, Westminster police Sgt. Richard Mize said.
Investigators learned Bukowiecki had checked into the motel on Sunday.
The 47-year-old married man served on the campus police force for 26 years and was chief for the past eight, Abelon said.
Bukowiecki joined campus police in 1988 as a part-time dispatcher and became an officer the following year. He served as a lieutenant for 11 years before being promoted to interim chief of police. In 2012 he was awarded Outstanding Classified Manager.
He is also credited with creating a program that allows students majoring in administration of justice to work for the department while completing their associate’s degrees and for helping install emergency phone towers in campus parking lots.
Faculty and staff were informed of Bukowiecki’s death Tuesday, said Abelon.
College President Linda Lacy called his death “a tragedy” in an email statement to staff, according to the school’s newspaper, Talon Marks.
Counselors are being made available to staff members at the Norwalk campus, she said, and anyone requiring additional support can call a 24-hour counseling hotline at 800-531-0200.
It is unclear if students were alerted to his death.
The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department is investigating and will determine his cause of death, police said.
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Peekskill police officer victim of suicide privateofficer.com

 

Peekskill is mourning the death of city Police Officer Christopher Vazeos, a 23-year veteran of the department who also grew up in Peekskill and was remembered for his dedication to his job and community.
“He certainly was a consummate professional,” said Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen, who recalled Vazeos’ heroic deeds, including his willingness to dive into the Hudson River to help save an older couple who accidentally drove their vehicle into the water in October 2005. “He saw someone in need, and thinking nothing of jumping in, he unbuckled his gun belt and went in. That was the kind of officer he was.”
Vazeos, 49, was pronounced dead early Saturday in his home at 7 Welcher Ave. of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in a suicide, the Westchester County Office of the Medical Examiner said.
More than a half-dozen Peekskill police vehicles and a Westchester County Crime Scene Unit truck were outside a multiunit home at 7 Welcher Ave. late Friday into the morning hours. Johansen said the incident remained under investigation.
Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina, who witnesses said was at the scene at the start of the police investigation, later took to his Facebook page, announcing Vazeos’ death and thanking him for his years of service.
“If you’ve been around Peekskill for 23 years or less, you probably had contact with Chris,” Catalina wrote. “He was everywhere helping, protecting and saving lives and property. There are no words to soften this blow.”
Vazeos, who is survived by his mother and children, graduated from Peekskill High School and was well-known throughout the community, Johansen said. He epitomized community policing with his knowledge of Peekskill and its residents, the chief said.
“He was a very active member,” Johansen said. “Everyone knew who he was.”
Authorities arrived at the Welcher Avenue house shortly after 9 p.m. Friday and remained there until after 3 a.m. Saturday.
The building is opposite a shopping plaza containing a McDonald’s and an A&P.
Authorities at the Peekskill police station later said Vazeos was off duty at the time of his death.
Vazeos made numerous arrests throughout his career and on more than one instance survived physical attacks while on duty.
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N.Y. Trooper Dies From Self-Inflicted Wound privateofficer.com

 

NASSAU, N.Y. July 2 2014 — A state trooper who earned the Girl Scouts’ highest award and was an honors student killed herself with her division-issued weapon, State Police said Monday.
Fishermen discovered the body of Trooper Kerstin S. Williams, 27, on the southern shore of Nassau Lake at about 9 p.m. Sunday near Lake Shore Circle Drive, troopers said.
An autopsy conducted Monday confirmed the cause of death, said Capt. Scott Coburn of Troop G in Latham.
Williams did not leave a suicide note, troopers said.
Details about the self-inflicted wound were not disclosed by State Police.
Williams’ death comes as the nation’s law enforcement leadership has devoted more time to discussing the causes of officer suicides and developing ways to prevent them.
Studies and statistical reviews have found that “law enforcement officer deaths by suicide were twice as high as compared to traffic accidents and felonious assaults during 2012,” according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police report “Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides.”
The report notes that between June 30, 2009 and Monday there were four suicides involving members of the State Police. That’s over a five-year period. It also recommends police agencies conduct training and intervention to prevent officer suicides.
Williams joined the State Police in November 2012. After graduating from the State Police Academy, she was assigned to Troop F in Liberty, Sullivan County.
Williams’ last shift was Thursday. She then had the weekend off, Coburn said.
Williams, a lifelong town resident, earned the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award, which was presented at a 2004 ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Albany. She graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree and was named to the dean’s list.
“Trooper Williams always had a positive attitude and was eager to do a good job while on the road,” Maj. Patrick Regan, the Troop F commander, said in a statement.
“She was well-liked by both her peers and supervisors and showed the skill set and potential to have an outstanding career with the New York State Police,” Regan continued.
Troopers were stunned by Williams’ death, Coburn said. Investigators into her death and troopers who worked with her have access to counseling through the Employee Assistance Program, Coburn said

Rookie officer, 25, dies by suicide inside Wakefield police station privateofficer.com

 

Wakefield Canada June 29 2014 A 25-year-old rookie officer with the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais shot and killed himself inside the Wakefield police station Friday morning.
The officer, who had been on the job for only a month, shot himself with his police-issued firearm, confirmed the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force now overseeing the investigation into what happened.
The officer was from the Outaouais, police said.
“Despite the rapid intervention of several other police officers, unfortunately, his death was confirmed at the Wakefield Hospital,” MRC des Collines police said in a statement. The death occurred around 9 a.m.
Sgt. Marc Tessier, spokesman for the Quebec provincial police force, said it’s a difficult time for all officers involved.
“It’s a shock,” Tessier said, standing outside the MRC des Collines police station in La Pêche. “It touches not only police officers from MRC but every police officer in Quebec.”
All those who were directly or indirectly involved in the incident will receive counselling.
Police said the officer had not been dismissed and was at the station on-duty Friday morning. They would not comment on whether the officer was facing any internal disciplinary action or if a dismissal process was underway.
Police would also not say whether the young officer had shown any signs of, or a history of, depression.
Police will interview any potential witnesses to the shooting.
The officer’s name was expected to be released Saturday.

Retired Canon City police officer kills himself and wife privateofficer.com

 

Dan Samento
Priscilla Samento
CANON CITY, Colo. – June 15 2014
The Canon City Police Department is mourning the loss of two of their own after a murder-suicide.
Thursday night, Police went to a home in the 700 block of Whipple Avenue to check on 49-year-old Priscilla Samento.  Samento hadn’t shown up for her late night shift as a dispatcher and wasn’t answering her phone.
Inside the home, police found her body along with her husband, 56-year-old retired Canon City Police Officer, Daniel Samento.  Investigators believe Daniel shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Neighbors say they recently noticed a deterioration of Daniel’s health…both physically and mentally.
“We knew something was going on just because his physical health was starting to deteriorate and we were worried but you don’t know what to do unless somebody really asks for help,” said neighbor Keith Leonhardt.  “He was still a super guy, you could just tell he was having problems but we didn’t think that kind of problem.”
Daniel was a Canon City Police Officer for 30 years.  His wife, Priscilla, was a dispatcher for 21 years.
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Former Stamford Ct Police Chief Louis DeCarlo dead of self inflicted gunshot privateofficer.com

 

Former Stamford Police chief Louis DeCarlo was found dead in his car from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
STAMFORD CT June 15 2014  — Former Police Chief Louis DeCarlo was found dead at his Belltown home Thursday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
DeCarlo, 71, was a 30-year veteran of the department before becoming chief in 2001. He led the department until 2004 and was remembered by colleagues and others for his kindness and devotion to his family.
Police responded to DeCarlo’s Bellmere Road home around 1 p.m. Thursday and found him dead in his car parked in the driveway. Officials said there was no indication of why he may have killed himself.
“There’s nothing I can fathom why this happened or why it would happen to anyone,” said Police Chief Jon Fontneau who was personally handling the investigation. “It’s very sad and we just have to watch out for his family at this time.”
Fontneau served under DeCarlo in the department’s Youth Bureau and reported directly to him as commander of the midnight division.
“I always will have fond memories of his kindness and I hope that’s a trait that I learned from him and that I can pass on to the troops,” Fontneau said.
During DeCarlo’s tenure, crime in the city continued a steady decline and Stamford was ranked in the top five safest cities of 100,000 people or more in the country for each year he served as chief.
He was appointed by then-mayor and now Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. In a statement, Malloy’s spokesman Andrew Doba said: “The Governor had a productive working relationship with Chief DeCarlo. During his tenure, crime in Stamford dropped precipitously. His family and friends are in the governor’s prayers.”
Current Stamford Mayor David Martin said he was saddened to hear of DeCarlo’s passing.
“The people of Stamford will remember Chief DeCarlo’s long and honorable service to the community, and his leadership of the Stamford Police Department for years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this time of sorrow,” Martin said in a statement.
In public announcements of the crime figures, DeCarlo was quick to credit the officers of the department for the success in fighting crime rather than chalking it up to his leadership.
“I give credit to the officers, to their hard work, dedication and professionalism,” DeCarlo said during a 2004 press conference to announce the FBI crime stats. Between 1995 and 2004, overall crime in Stamford plummeted by nearly two-thirds.
DeCarlo’s predecessor, Dean Esserman who now serves as chief of the New Haven Police Department, said he was lucky to have a friend and partner in helping to implement community policing in the city and target high-crime areas.
“I remember promoting him to assistant chief and it was one of the smartest things I did,” Esserman said. “And one of the smartest things Mayor, now Governor, Malloy did was promote him to chief after I left.”
Esserman said he prides himself on his work ethic of being the first one in in the morning and last one out in the evening, but was often eclipsed by DeCarlo.
“He loved his job and he was loved in his job,” Esserman said noting how well respected DeCarlo was by the community and officers within the department.
DeCarlo joined the department in 1971 and five years later he was promoted to dispatcher. In 1977, he was promoted to sergeant and went on to lead the department’s special investigations bureau. Esserman promoted him in 1998 to deputy chief in command of the department’s investigative services bureau.
During his time as chief, DeCarlo redeployed the department’s motorcycle division and increased the department’s asset forfeitures due to narcotics and organized crime arrests.
Speaking about his impending retirement in 2004, DeCarlo said he would miss the camaraderie he shared with other officers the most.
“It goes beyond normal working relationships,” DeCarlo said. “It’s an amazing bond that develops.”
DeCarlo, who was raised in Stamford and moved back to the city in 1965, said he was ready for retirement and planned to paint his house, travel and spend more time with his two grandchildren.
“Right now, I want to just enjoy life, ” he said in 2004.
Throughout his career, those who rose through the ranks with him said he was always most concerned about his family and eager to talk about his two daughters. The news of DeCarlo’s death shocked all those who served with him.
“He was a very caring man, very caring about his family, his wife, kids and grandchildren and that seemed to be a big part of his life,” said Capt. Richard Conklin who served with DeCarlo throughout his career. “He was very caring of the community and the department.”
Forty-one year veteran Sgt. Paul Guzda started his career in 1973 walking the beat with DeCarlo and remembered him for his sense of humor and fun-loving nature.
“He was just one of the guys, even when he became chief,” Guzda said. “As of late, I’d see him at the golf course smiling and laughing and you’d never think anything was bothering him.”

NYPD officer takes his own life privateofficer.com

 

Brooklyn NY June 6 2014 Tragedy struck a retired Brooklyn detective who’s been at the center of prosecutors’ review of tainted murder convictions — his brother apparently took his own life Thursday, sources said.
Michael Scarcella, 50, a police officer assigned to the 71st Precinct, was found dead of an apparent suicide at his Flatlands home at about 11 a.m., sources said.
The exact cause of death was not immediately known.
His brother, Louis Scarcella, 62, a one-time renowned homicide investigator, has been implicated in a string of questionable convictions that involved unlawful tactics like threatening suspects and repeatedly using the same, drug-addled witness.
Five men, each of whom spent about 20 years in prison after Scarcella brought them down, have been cleared of murder since May 2013, including one this past Tuesday.
The Brooklyn district attorney’s office is in the process of an unprecedented review of over 50 cases the detective investigated back in the 1980s and ‘90s.
So far, the, officially stood by 11 of those convictions.
Louis Scarcella could not be reached. A man who answered the phone at his daughter’s home, solemnly said, “She’s with the family right now.”
Michael Scarcella joined the NYPD in 1989, records show.

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy hangs himself privateofficer.com

 

PHOENIX, Ariz. May 10 2014– A former Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy was found dead late Thursday afternoon after authorities went to his home to serve him with a felony warrant, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
Mr. Arpaio said Ramon “Charley” Armendariz, 40, apparently hung himself. Law enforcement officers had been to his home four times in the past nine days. Mr. Armendariz was supposed to get an ankle monitor Wednesday but never showed up to get it. He involved Phoenix police and MCSO in a standoff Monday morning that ended peacefully.
“We found marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and that’s what he was booked on,” said Mr. Arpaio.
Mr. Armendariz had barricaded himself into his residence near 31st Avenue and Thunderbird Road on Sunday evening, but eventually walked out of his home just after 1 a.m. and was taken into custody and to a psychiatric unit for evaluation, said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Armendariz has been under investigation since May 1 when he called Phoenix Police to report a burglary in progress. When police arrived they found Mr. Armendariz armed with a pepper ball gun and chasing a phantom burglar, according to Deputy Joakin Enriquez.
“Police found out he was a sheriff’s deputy and contacted us,” Mr. Enriquez said.
Detectives issued a search warrant late last week and carried away bags of evidence, according to neighbors. Deputies said they found methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia inside Mr. Armendariz’s home. Deputies say Mr. Armendariz resigned from his position May 2 after nine years of service with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Mr. Armendariz was formerly part of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s human smuggling unit. As a member of this unit, Mr. Armendariz was asked to testify in a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office alleging deputies used racial profiling to arrest dozens of illegal immigrants. Following his testimony, Mr. Armendariz left the human smuggling unit.
Mr. Armendariz, who was openly gay, participated in the Phoenix Pride Parade while in uniform in 2012 alongside other MCSO deputies and members of the Mesa Police Department.
The drug allegations against Mr. Armendariz remain under investigation.

Spokane police investigate Liberty Lake police officer’s suicide privateofficer.com

 

SPOKANE, Wash. April 26 2014 — Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives were investigating the death of a Liberty Lake Police Department member early Friday.
According to authorities, Sgt. Clint Gibson’s SUV crashed into a couple trees along Francis Ave. before coming to rest in a parking lot.
Officers blocked off the area around W. Francis Ave. and N. Madison St. following the crash.
Authorities told KREM 2 News Sgt. Gibson was found dead inside the vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound when police arrived at the scene.
Detectives are not sure if the crash or the gun shot happened first.
Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus issued a statement about Gibson’s death that said, “This is a tremendous loss for the Liberty Lake Police Department, the City of Liberty Lake, the region, and the law enforcement community. Sgt. Gibson was an outstanding officer, sergeant, and law enforcement leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and our department is grieving his loss. The outpouring of well wishes, and support from members of our community, family and friends, and law enforcement representatives throughout the state, demonstrates Sgt. Gibson’s tremendous positive impact on others.”

Leaders of the Liberty Lake Police Department said Sgt. Gibson had been with the department since April 2002. He worked as a patrol officer and was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2007.
Police Chief Asmus said Sgt. Gibson had great potential and could have been Liberty Lake’s next police chief when he left.
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Cook County officer kills wife-commits suicide privateofficer.com

 

Photos: Husband and wife shot to death in homeCook County IL April 21 2014 A Cook County sheriff’s office correctional officer apparently shot to death his wife, a Chicago police officer, inside their Southwest Side home Sunday morning before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
Javier Acevedo and his wife, Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo, were found dead about 5 a.m. inside their home in the 5300 block of South Austin Avenue, according to Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cara Smith. Chicago police said the deaths are being investigated as aa apparent murder-suicide but released no other information as of Sunday evening.
“It is a tremendous tragedy any day, particularly for Easter Sunday,” Smith said.
Smith said the two, both 50 years old, were found inside a bedroom.
Rizzo-Acevedo’s adult daughter heard the gunfire in the Garfield Ridge home and called 911, according a law enforcement source.
Smith said Javier Acevedo was a 25-year veteran and worked at the county jail.
Rizzo-Acevedo had served as a Chicago police officer for nearly two decades, Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement Sunday.
“Officer Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo’s death earlier today in a domestic murder-suicide is an awful tragedy for her family, her friends, her colleagues in the Chicago Police Department, and the people of this city,” he said.
A fire department responder discovered a gun lying under Javier Acevedo’s body, and the two were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the law enforcement source.
Police could be seen saluting as one of the victim’s bodies was removed from the home around 9 a.m.
Rizzo-Acevedo had worked for the department for 18 years and had worked in the Shakespeare police district, which covers the Logan Square, Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods, according to law enforcement sources.
“I’ve had people calling all morning saying, ‘Oh my God. What happened?’” said Lt. Michael Mulkerin, Rizzo-Acevedo’s former supervisor. “She was well liked.”
Chicago Police Chaplain Dan Brandt, who noted he wasn’t familiar with the specifics of the case, said being in law enforcement brings a lot of unique stressors and exposure to the “worst of humanity.”
“We’re accustomed to losing our (fellow officers) to violence on the streets,” he said, “but when it’s something like this … it’s doubly hard to accept.”
Edward Cronin, a priest at St. Jane de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, said the couple regularly attended services at the church, about a half-block north of their home.
Cronin said he’s known them for a couple of years, though they’ve been members of the church for some time.
“They were very committed, dedicated people … struggling to understand the mission of their work and trying to cope with the violence,” Cronin said. “They were both good people and both trying hard to be good Christian, Catholic people.”
The couple’s neighbors and parishioners at St. Jane’s were shocked to hear about the deaths Sunday morning. Many called them both friendly people.
Janis Misovic lives around the corner from the couple’s home, attends their church and said she had been meaning to grab lunch with Rizzo-Acevedo for some time.
“She wanted to make more friends, but everyone liked her,” Misovic said. “Now I feel bad that I really didn’t get a chance to go out with her.”
Maryiln Koperniak, another parishioner and member of St. Jane’s Lady Guild, broke into tears when a fellow churchgoer confirmed her hunch, that a fellow member of that church group had died.
“I had a feeling,” Koperniak said. “I didn’t know her very well, but she was a very nice lady.”
An elderly woman who lives across the street from the couple’s residence and asked not to be named, said they were kind neighbors and seemed like “delightful people.”
The woman said she was not close with them but would chat with the couple when they were outside.
“Easter Sunday morning, you wake up to this,” said the woman, who also attends St. Jane’s. “We’ve been crying all morning.”
The woman said she would talk with Rizzo-Acevedo as the police officer tended flowers in the yard.
“It’s sad watching those bodies being removed,” the woman said. “It’s awful. Not this neighborhood. Not these kind people.”

Washington DC police officer found dead privateofficer.com

 

WASHINGTON DC April 20 2014 Police found the body of a D.C. officer in his apartment in SE, D.C. Saturday afternoon.
Police said the body was found in an apartment located in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Avenue in SE.
Authorities would not release the name of the officer but said that the officer was a 56-year-old veteran of the police force. Authorities say he was relieved of duty Monday due to an internal investigation.
Police said that they are still and investigating this death and was not prepared to release further details.

Former AL. police officer commits suicide on Interstate 24 privateofficer.com

 

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Marion County TN March 28 2014  The wanted man who authorities say killed himself Tuesday alongside Interstate 24 in Marion County, Tenn., was a former police officer who had been in trouble with the law before, Times Free Press archives show.
Charles Keith Murphree, 44, committed suicide between the towns of Jasper and Kimball on the westbound side of the interstate, bringing traffic to a halt Tuesday afternoon.
Murphree, a former police officer in Ider, Ala., was wanted in DeKalb County, Ala.
Authorities identified the vehicle he was driving at the Western Sizzlin’ restaurant at the Jasper exit. Authorities then followed Murphree west on Interstate 24 for a few miles before he took his own life, officials confirmed.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from the Tennessee Highway Patrol before the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation.
In 2012, when Murphree worked as a police officer, he was charged with third-degree domestic assault.

North Port police officer investigated for kidnapping commits suicide privateofficer.com

Deceased: Ricky Urbina, 44, described as a loving husband and father, was under investigation for the sexual battery and kidnap of a woman at a party. He killed himself on Thursday as officers were en route to arrest him

North Port FL March 24 2014 A Florida police officer under investigation for sexual battery and kidnapping committed suicide on Thursday as deputies were on their way to arrest him.
North Port officer Ricky Urbina, 44, was accused of handcuffing a woman at a party on March 2, taking her into a bedroom and sexually battering her while on duty and in uniform.
A second officer, Melanie Turner, who was at the party but off-duty, was arrested Thursday on the same allegations, according to ABC Action News. While the incident is still under administrative investigation, officials said both Urbina and Turner had been cooperative, and an agreement was made that authorities would contact them if and when they take them into custody.

When investigators contacted Urbina on Thursday, he asked investigators to meet him somewhere besides his home.
While en route, deputies received a report of a shooting at Urbina’s home.
He is believed to have shot himself, according to FOX4.

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, the woman who made allegations against Urbina and Turner said the battery occurred at her home while hosting a birthday party for her boyfriend that Turner, who was off duty, was attending.
Urbina, whom the victim did not know, arrived at the party after Turner invited him.
The report says Urbina noticed Turner helping a guest remove a pair of handcuffs.
After the guest was freed, the victim was placed in handcuffs.
Witnesses at the party identified Urbina as the person who handcuffed her.
Urbina and Turner took the victim to the master bedroom, the report says.

The victim told investigators she remembered one of them mentioning a ‘body search’ and Turner locked the bedroom door behind them.
‘Up to this point, the victim stated that she felt that the actions of Turner and Urbina were merely party fun and felt that she would be released,’ the report says.
‘However, she was not released.’
Turner removed the victim’s pants without her consent and Urbina sexually battered the woman while Turner kissed her, according to the report.
The victim saw the window blinds open and said her boyfriend is ‘going to kill you both’ if he were to see what was occurring.
Turner put the woman’s pants back on and Urbina removed the handcuffs.
Turner and Urbina left the room together, leaving the victim behind.
She eventually left the room herself in tears and told a friend at the party she had been ‘violated’.
Another off-duty officer at the party contacted a police supervisor.
Turner was interviewed four hours after the incident, but deputies redacted a summary of her statement from the report because she was intoxicated.
Urbina refused an interview until his attorney could be present, the report says.
During that time, he made statements to an investigator that he ‘would be fired over this incident, he would not fight the allegations and that the allegations would cost him his marriage’.

Dead border agent suspected in kidnapping privateofficer.com

 

EL PASO, Texas March 15 2014 (AP) — The FBI believes a Border Patrol agent found dead in his South Texas home is responsible for the kidnapping and assault of three females who were in the country illegally, the agency said Thursday.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agents encountered an injured adult woman during their regular operations Wednesday night near McAllen, which is close to the Texas-Mexico border about 350 miles from Houston. The woman told agents that she and the two others had been attacked by a man, which prompted authorities to start a “search and recovery” operation. Border agents later found the second injured female.
Both the Border Patrol and the FBI said that the investigation led authorities early Thursday to agent’s home in Mission, a suburb of McAllen. The agent was found dead inside. Law enforcement officials discovered the third female in the agent’s apartment, the border patrol said. The victims are receiving medical treatment.
The Border Patrol later identified the agent as Esteban Manzanares. A Border Patrol spokesman at the Rio Grande Valley Sector, Danny Tirado, said Manzanares had been with the agency since 2008. Tirado did not elaborate on the circumstances of the kidnapping.
“We believe he is the person responsible for the kidnappings and the assault of all three of them,” said Michelle Lee, an FBI spokeswoman in San Antonio. She did not elaborate on the investigation.
A CBP official told The Associated Press that the agent was on duty when he encountered the females and that his shift had ended by the time authorities showed up at his house and he shot himself. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation by the FBI.
Manzanares’ step-sister, Joanna Manzanares, said her brother was a “great person, a helpful and amazing person.”
Sgt. Manny Casas, a spokesman for the police department in Mission, said his agency got a call from the FBI at 12:39 a.m. Thursday to assist with “a kidnapping situation” at an apartment complex.
The police department’s SWAT unit was called in after officials reported shots being fired from an apartment at the complex. Casas said he did not know if the SWAT team entered the home and had no other details about who was found in the apartment.
Lee said the FBI was awaiting an autopsy report before releasing more information about how the agent died.
Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jenny Burke said the agency “takes this incident extremely seriously and (is) fully cooperating with the investigation.”

Fargo Police Lieutenant Kills Himself privateofficer.com

Fargo ND March 13 2014

A devastating day for the Fargo Police Department after finding a fellow officer and friend dead.

Lieutenant Jeff Skuza was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

“Today was a bad day for the police department and tomorrow won’t be easier,” Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes said.

Nearly in tears and with a heavy heart, Ternes announced the loss of one of the department’s own.

Just after 5 this morning officers responded to a call they didn’t expect.

Lieutenant Jeff Skuza, asking them to come to Holy Cross Cemetery just south of Fargo.

“When officers arrived they located Jeff on the ground,” Ternes said.

With a gunshot wound to the head, cutting his 23-year career on the force far too short and leaving behind his wife and two children.

“In the time I’ve known and worked with Jeff he has been a consummate professional,” Ternes said.

First joining the force in 1991, the 47-year-old filled many capacities with Fargo Police from overseeing the north side and downtown Fargo to being a spokesman for the department.

He was also instrumental in the force’s peer assistance crisis team that was used when officers discovered his body.

Though there are no answers to why, Chief Ternes says the job of an officer is like no other.

“He certainly went through critical situations or traumatic instances,” Ternes said.

“Jeff was a friendly face in the department,” Dr. Tim Mahoney, Deputy Mayor said.

Skuza’s fellow officers are left searching for answers.

“We will have challenges to face in the coming months,” Ternes said.

Cass County Sheriff’s deputies are conducting the investigation since it happened just outside city limits.

He was promoted to sergeant in January 2001 and lieutenant in March 2011.

Ternes says a crisis intervention team is available to help employees with counseling and other needs.