Former Milwaukee police officer commit suicide

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. July 27 2015—The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said it is investigating the apparent suicide of a former Milwaukee police officer.

Officials said Michael Lutz, 44, suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the presence of Menomonee Falls tactical officers after a brief tactical situation in the 12300 block of West Mill Road.

Officials said Lutz ran in the primary election for the Milwaukee aldermanic seat previously held by Joe Dudzik. Dudzik was killed in a motorcycle crash May 21.

An autopsy is set for Monday.

Former Miami-Dade Police Director Death Ruled As Suicide

Miami-Dade FL July 25 2015 The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner has ruled the death of retired Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker as a suicide.

Parker died of an apparent gunshot wound, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation.

Parker’s family noticed that he wasn’t answering his phone around 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

Around 10 p.m., Parker’s two sons found their father on the ground near a call at Maxiel Thomas’ home.

“They knocked on the door and said they wanted to look in the back. So they did and that’s were they found him,” said Thomas. “He was just lying there.”

“We heard screaming and yelling, of course, from his family and then when we seen over there, you know, we seen that he was deceased,” said neighbor George Frye.

Woodrow Jenkins said he spoke to Parker right before he left a church and everything seemed fine.

“As he always does, greets and talks, greet me, you know, I’ll see you later, you know I’ll see you later, that was, that was it,” said Jenkins.

Cecil Lamb says he’s been Parker’s pastor and close friend for more than three decades.

“It’s crazy, I mean, what? Why didn’t he call me if he was going through something? It just baffles my thinking,” he told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.

He says he’s been there as Parker rose through the ranks of Miami-Dade P-D, through the race riots of the 1980s and ultimately seeing him take the top spot, before he retired in 2009.

“Not Bob! No. We love this guy. We have friends calling from all over. It’s like, we don’t believe it. It’s like a nightmare,” said Lamb.

Pastor Lamb says Parker, his wife and his niece just drove back from Georgia yesterday and that Parker had said he was tired. He also had high blood pressure recently and a bloodwork appointment scheduled for today. But the Pastor says Parker’s family has no clue why he would take his own life.

“Apparently this one must’ve been too heavy. He didn’t want to discuss it with anyone,” said Lamb.

Community leaders are reacting to the loss of a man who spent more than 30 years in law enforcement giving back.

“I found him to be an excellent director, an excellent police officer. It’s a tragedy it really is,” said Luis Fuste with the Miami-Dade Police Benevolence Association.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a statement on Parker’s death.

“Director Parker dedicated his life to the safety of Miami-Dade County. He was a member of the Miami-Dade Police Department for 33 years and in 2004 made history by becoming the first African American director of the Department. He led MDPD for five years until retiring in 2009. This is a painful time for Miami-Dade Police Officers, all County employees and our community. I ask all residents to keep Director Parker and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”

A U.S. Army vet, Parker spent 33 years with the Miami-Dade PD before retiring in 2009. He was the department’s first African-American director. He was recently part of a team that was hired to review police procedures and practices in Baltimore following the riots in that city earlier this year.

Late Thursday afternoon, Parker’s family issued a statement to the community reading:

“We thank the Miami-Dade Police Department and the community for all their support at this difficult time. Words cannot express the sadness my family feels from losing such a strong, compassionate and God-fearing man. What little relief we feel, comes from remembering that he spent his life in service to his community and from realizing that we are not alone; that we are surrounded and supported by the people he loved and cherished the most.”

– The Parker Family

“The Lord is my light and salvation.” ~ Psalms 27

Parker’s wife is a retired Miami-Dade Police officer, and his daughter currently works on the force.

CBS Miami

Former Rio Grande City police chief dies in apparent suicide

Dutch Piper

RIO GRANDE CITY TX June 25 2015 Former Police Chief Dutch Piper was found dead overnight in an apparent suicide, officials said Tuesday.

Piper’s death came hours before he was set to appear before a U.S. magistrate in McAllen, where FBI agents filed a criminal complaint that accused the former chief of stealing more than $44,000 from a federal grant program that pays for overtime.

Police Chief Noe Castillo said Piper, 63, was found inside his vehicle at his Rio Grande City home in the 100 block of South Aguirre Avenue with a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No further details about Piper’s death were immediately available.

The FBI on Monday filed a criminal complaint in federal court in McAllen that accused the former chief of stealing more than $44,000 in grant money for overtime intended for border security operations at local police departments.

Piper said rather than working during most of the overtime hours, he spent time at home or at local restaurants.

“I did it out of being lazy and stupidity. I am very, very sorry for my actions.” Piper told FBI investigators, according to the complaint.

Piper told investigators that he did not work 70 percent of the time he claimed to work on his time sheet under the Operation Stonegarden grant, the complaint states.

Piper had been expected to surrender to FBI agents today to face his federal theft charges.

Piper announced his resignation from the department in August 2014 and was replaced by Castillo, the current police chief. He officially stepped down in December.

The Monitor

Milford CT police officer commits suicide

File Photo: Officer Michael Compare is pictured here in 2013, shortly before competing in a triathlon.

Milford CT June 24 2015 A Milford police officer who died early Monday shot and killed himself, local officials said Monday afternoon.

“The Milford Police Department received notification from the State of Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office regarding the cause of death in this investigation,” police said in a written statement. “It was determined that Michael Compare died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

“On behalf of Chief Keith L. Mello and the Milford Police Department, this day is a tragic loss for the family; friends and community Michael belonged to and so proudly served. We thank you for your kind words and support regarding Michael. Michael will be greatly missed.”

Earlier today Milford police were investigating the “untimely death” of an off-duty police officer at his home early Monday morning.

Michael Compare, 36, who had been on the Milford force for three years, was found on June 22 at approximately 12:30 a.m. after the Milford Police Department received a call regarding an untimely death at 43 Naugatuck Avenue.

Compare received medical treatment at the scene and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

The Milford Police Department asked the Connecticut State Police to assist with the investigation.

Police said they are continuing with the investigation and will provide further details as they become available.

“This is an isolated incident and there is no immediate danger to the community,” a police statement reads.

By about 2:30 p.m. Monday, state and local police appeared to have left the scene. Earlier in the day, a crime van was parked in front of the residence and investigators could be seen entering and leaving the home.

Compare was an athlete who took part in triathlons, most notably one in 2013 in honor of a young victim of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Along with other officers, Compare assisted officers in Newtown after the shootings by covering their patrols, assisting in escorts and security details around their town. It was that assistance that made him want to take part in the sporting event in honor of Chase Kowalski, one of the young victims.

Compare had competed in several marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and completed his first Ironman triathlon in Louisville, Ky., in August 2012.

Just yesterday, on Father’s Day, his Facebook posting saluted his own father for helping him succeed in many “races.”

“Happy Father’s Day to a man that helped me cross many finish lines and was always there to cheer me on,” the posting states. “We have been through many ‘races’ together in this life, some up hill and some on nice flat roads, but I couldn’t ask for a better Dad and I look forward to crossing many more ‘finish lines’ with you Dad.”

Milford Mirror

Indianapolis police officer commits suicide at home

Noblesville IN June 23 2015 An Indianapolis police officer shot and killed himself Sunday night at his home in Noblesville.

Robert “Keith” McCauley, 49, was in the backyard of his home in the 15700 block of Chapel Park Drive East when Noblesville police arrived about 8:15 p.m. after a woman called 911 about a person threatening to hurt himself, police said.

“A few moments later officers reported that the individual took his life as a result of a gunshot wound,” a press release from the Noblesville Police Department said.

McCauley had been with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department since 2005.

His wife, Danielle McCauley, filed for divorce on Friday.

She works for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, though a spokesman for the department, Deputy Bryant Orem, declined to say in what capacity.

Hamilton County 2014 payroll records indicate she was a deputy.

About 10 police units responded to the home, Noblesville Police Lt. Bruce Barnes said. Barnes said Noblesville police officers had not previously been called to the home.

The incident marks the second suicide of an IMPD officer in the past month.

Detective Gregory Slaven was found dead in his Southwestside home on May 25. The coroner ruled the death a suicide.

Slaven was facing an internal investigation in connection with the death of a 34-year-old man in his home eight weeks prior to his death. That death was ruled to be accidental.

The 34-year-old man’s estranged mother had said that her son and Slaven were in a relationship.

Waterbury CT Acting Deputy Police Chief Commits Suicide

WATERBURY CT June 14 2015 The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of a top Waterbury police official a suicide.

The medical examiner’s office on Friday said Acting Deputy Police Chief Christopher Corbett died of a single gunshot wound to the head and determined the death was a suicide.

The 40-year-old Corbett was found dead in his parents’ home in Waterbury Thursday morning.

Corbett joined the department in 1997. He became a captain in 2010 and was named the acting deputy chief in 2013. He also served as commander of the department’s detective division and as the department’s spokesman to the media.

Police Chief Vernon Riddick Jr. says department personnel are shocked and coping with pain and grief.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
New Haven Register

San Antonio officer found dead in apparent suicide at police headquarters


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SAN ANTONIO TX April 30 2015 — A San Antonio Police Department Officer died Tuesday afternoon in an apparent suicide at Public Safety Headquarters in downtown.
Officer Bryan Moen, a 13-year veteran of the force, was found dead in the garage of the building at 301 S. Santa Rosa, according to the San Antonio Police Department.
In a statement released Wednesday morning SAPD said specially trained personnel are working with Moen’s family and fellow officers to deal with his loss.
“Suicide is something that has the potential to affect anyone at any time,” the statement said. “If you or someone you know needs help, it’s important to get that help as soon as possible.
According to department records, Moen had served a one-day suspension in February after walking into his Sergeant’s office and turning over his badge, gun, an ammunition magazine and his police credentials.
He then walked out of the office, got into his car and drove away, according to suspension paperwork.
The documents said Moen’s Sergeant followed him out of the office to try to figure out what was going on, but the officer left without giving any explanation of his actions.

Off-duty NYPD sergeant commits suicide in his Brooklyn home

... becomes fourth NYPD cop to commit suicide in less than a month
Brooklyn NY April 13 2015 An off-duty NYPD sergeant committed suicide in his Brooklyn home Sunday while his family was nearby in other rooms, law-enforcement sources said.
EMTs were called to the cop’s home near the corner of Narrows Ave and 71st Street in Bay Ridge after his wife made the horrific discovery around 3:45 p.m., officials and neighbors said.
Police sources and neighbors identified the dead cop as 48-year-old Jim Fitzpatrick, who was assigned to Metro Tech in Downtown Brooklyn.
His wife Gina and their two children were home when Fitzpatrick went into the family’s master bedroom and pulled the trigger of his NYPD service weapon, sources and neighbors said.
After finding her husband on the bedroom floor, neighbors said Fitzpatrick’s wife came running out of the house screaming, “He’s been shot!”
“I heard a scream. Not like a normal scream, but like something really happened,” said neighbor Mark Pedziwiater, 45. “The worst thing is that the kids were home. This is always going to
be a memory.”
Neighbor Debbie Stosko said the incident was horrifying.
“His son played ball with my son,” she said. “He was a family guy. He took his kids to all the sporting events. He was all about his kids.
He was big, tall, stocky; like a big teddy bear,” Stosko added. “When you saw him, you would be intimidated, but then he’d crack a smile and put you at ease.”
Fitzpatrick was rushed to Lutheran Hospital where he later died, sources said.

Retired Cliffside Park cop, 82, commits suicide after killing son


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WESTFALL TOWNSHIP, Pa -Feb 26 2015- An 82-year-old retired Cliffside Park police officer fatally shot his son before killing himself outside at a home in the Poconos, officials said Tuesday.
Joseph Matrongolo was arguing with his son, 40-year-old Joseph M. Matrongolo, when the older man went inside the home, retrieved a handgun and fired several rounds at his son around 8 p.m. Sunday, according to a Pennsylvania State Police news release.
The son was shot once and died at the scene in Westfall Township, State Police said. Joseph Matrongolo shot himself and was later pronounced dead at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.
Police said the investigation was ongoing and have not detailed what sparked the argument.
The elder Matrongolo served with the Cliffside Park Police Department for 25 years and retired July 1, 1988 as a patrolman, according to borough spokesman William Maer.

Warren County NJ police investigate police suicide


LOPATCONG TWP. NJ Feb 26 2015 — Following the discovery of a Phillipsburg Police officer’s body inside his own home, Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke said officials believe the cause of death was self-inflicted.
“Right now it appears to be a suicide,” Burke said. “We don’t have anything to indicate the contrary.”
Lopatcong Township Police responded last night to a possible disturbance at a residence on the 400 block of South Sixth Street, according to a press release issued earlier today.
The Warren County Tactical Response Team then found the body of a Phillipsburg Police officer, Burke said.
A neighbor initially called local police to investigate a possible disturbance at 9:13 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
Possible gunshots being fired in the residential area could be heard, according to The Express-Times.
The Prosecutor’s Office said in the release that despite several attempts to contact the resident, Timothy Balas, 41, inside, police were unable to get in touch with him.
At that time, Warren County Tactical Response Team was called in for assistance, according to the release.
At 11:21 p.m., the team was able to enter the home and found Balas inside deceased, the release stated.
Burke then confirmed that Balas was a Phillipsburg Police officer.
The case is under investigation by Lopatcong Township Police, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Calling this a terrible tragedy, Police Chief James Faulborn said in a press release that, “Tim Balas was a loving son, brother, husband, fellow officer, and friend to countless people… To all who knew him, we will miss his sense of caring and compassion. I ask the community for their prayers to the immediate and extended family of Tim during this difficult time.”
If you or someone you know are in crisis, call the NJHOPELINE at 855-654-6735 anytime to reach the state’s suicide prevention lifeline. For law enforcement, the Cop2Cop hotline 1-866-COP-2COP offers counseling from other members of law enforcement.

Madison police officer dead in suicide


635575274616553531-Yount-Alecia---380Madison MS Jan 24 2015 An off-duty Madison police officer was found dead next to a vehicle at the end of a cul-de-sac Thursday morning.
A release from Madison Police Department said Officer Alecia Yount, 35, was found by a fellow officer conducting a routine patrol. She was on the ground next to the driver’s side of a parked vehicle with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Yount, a six-year veteran with MPD with 10 years in law enforcement, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Assistant Chief Robert Sanders said Yount was a talented officer.
“She was a fantastic officer, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with her,” he said.
Yount was a Madison Central and Mississippi University for Women graduate.
“She wanted to come back and serve her community, and she did so, very well,” Sanders said.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been brought in to lead the investigation into Yount’s death.
“We’re assisting them, obviously, but we would prefer they do the investigation,” Capt. Kevin Newman said. “That way they can look at it with a set of fresh eyes.”
Newman said members of the department are very emotional right now.
“She was very well-liked and very popular here at the department,” he said. “She was also a really good employee and one of our better officers.”
Grief counselors from the Mississippi L.E.A.P.S. program are meeting with members of Madison Police Department this week. Newman said the officer who found Yount had already spoken with them early Thursday.
“They were here at a moment’s notice right after it happened,” he said.
“The Department asks for prayers and condolences for Officer Yount’s family and co-workers during this time of mourning,” the release said.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Detroit police officer commits suicide


Sterling Heights MI Jan 24 2015 A Detroit police officer was found dead today in Sterling Heights in what police said is an apparent suicide, authorities said.
Police are investigating the death of Detroit Police Detective James Napier. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Napier worked in the 12th Precinct.
Sterling Heights Police did not identify the officer. Sterling Heights Police Lt. David Smith said officers were called to 34465 Maple Lane at 8:45 a.m. today and found a 35-year-old man dead in a vehicle, with an apparent gunshot wound to his head that is believed to be self-inflicted.
“I don’t know all of the factors there, but there were some marital problems,” Smith told the Free Press today.
He said police were alerted to the shooting by a family member who called 911.
Craig said he met with officers Napier worked with at the 12th Precinct and, previously, at the 9th Precinct.
“It’s tragic,” Craig said. “Certainly my condolences, my prayers go out to his family and certainly to the DPD family.”

Fontana police sergeant commits suicide in front of home


Burbank CA Jan 17 2015 A woman found to have taken her own life in front of a Burbank home has been identified as a veteran of the Fontana Police Department.
Patricia Coyle, 43 of Glendale, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Details surrounding her suicide are sketchy.
Coyle, who was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant, was found Jan. 8 shortly before 8 a.m. in front of a home in the 800 block of Reese Place in Burbank.
Officers made contact with residents in the area and did not locate any additional victims. Coyle was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The department is saddened by the loss, but will provide no additional information at this time in order to allow Burbank Police Department to complete the investigation,” Fontana police spokeswoman Martha Guzman-Hurtado.

Dallas police officer charged with sexual assault committed suicide


... dallas police officer accused of sexually assaulting prostitutes hasDALLAS TX Jan 10 2015 — A Dallas police officer charged with sexual assault after being accused of abusing prostitutes has died of a suicide.
Sr. Cpl. David Kattner was found dead Friday morning in Little Elm, about 20 miles north of Dallas. A Little Elm police statement said initial investigations show the 47-year-old officer apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A Dallas police statement expressed condolences to the family.
Kattner was arrested Dec. 21 and faced allegations that he contacted female prostitutes and compelled them to perform sexual acts with him.
Authorities said Kattner, who’d been with the Dallas force for 26 years, was off-duty and working an extra job during the alleged sexual abuse. He was placed on administrative leave following his arrest.

Shelbyville police officer’s death ruled a suicide


Shelbyville IN Jan 1 2015 The weekend death of a Shelbyville police officer has been ruled a suicide, Indiana State Police confirmed Tuesday.
David Hudnall, 33, was found dead of a gunshot wound Saturday at a location on Raleigh Boulevard. Police had been called to the scene at 4:30 p.m. to investigate a report of a person shot.
Hudnall, a three-year veteran of the Shelbyville Police Department, was pronounced dead at the scene.

LAPD detective commits suicide after molestation allegations


Los Angeles CA Dec 8 2014 A detective for the Los Angeles Police Department who once investigated sexual assault cases killed himself Thanksgiving morning after two relatives accused him of sexually abusing them, authorities said Friday.
The body of Dennis Derr, 52, a 17-year LAPD veteran, was found in his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Palmdale, law enforcement officials said. Derr died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
Brian Hudson, a sergeant in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau, confirmed two adults made sexual abuse allegations against Derr shortly before he committed suicide. Hudson declined to provide any other details about the investigation into Derr, but other sheriff’s and LAPD sources with knowledge of the case said the two accusers were relatives of Derr.
Although he said the investigation was in its early stages, Hudson said that at this time there have been no other molestation allegations made against Derr.

Philip Derr, the detective’s son, said in an interview that two adult men related to Derr recently confided in each other that Derr had molested them when they were teenagers. One of the relatives alleged that he had been abused repeatedly, while the other could recall one instance of abuse a few years ago, Philip Derr said.
The two relatives told Dennis Derr’s wife about the alleged abuse, Philip Derr said. The wife, in turn, wrote a note to her husband as he slept, saying she was aware of the abuse claims, and then left the family’s Acton house, according to Philip Derr.
The next morning, Nov. 27, Derr wrote an email to family members in which he made a vague denial of any “sexual failures” and alluded to a plan to kill himself, said Philip Derr, who received the email.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies went to Derr’s house but did not find him, Philip Derr said. His body was discovered a few hours later in the Wal-Mart parking lot, sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
Derr, a detective since 2006,  was assigned to the LAPD’s Van Nuys Division and, for at least a few years, belonged to the team of investigators that handled sexual assault cases, department records show.
In July 2008, for example, he was named in a press release as the detective assigned to an investigation into a man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The following year he worked on a case of an assailant who attacked and sexually assaulted a woman as she was jogging.
“He would talk about how much he hated the people who did this sort of thing,” Philip Derr said.
Derr’s wife could not be reached for comment.
When he died, Derr was assigned to theft cases and had not worked sex crimes for years, an LAPD spokesman said. LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the department’s internal affairs unit has launched an investigation.
Over the last decade, Derr also served as a pastor or bible study teacher at two churches, his son said.

Man who killed self after Matteson bank robbery former police lieutenant


This BMO Harris Bank branch Matteswas robbed Friday. The suspect later fatally shot himself during police chase police said. |
Matteson IL Nov 21 2014 The man who robbed a Matteson bank of $4,200 last week and then fatally shot himself during a high-speed chase was a former Atlanta Police Department lieutenant, Matteson police said Wednesday.
Maurice Chester Dodd, 44, was fired from the Atlanta Police Department on Jan. 22 after being charged with drunken driving, Officer Ralph Woolfolk of the department’s media relations department confirmed Wednesday in an email to the SouthtownStar. Dodd had been with the department for 12 years, Woolfolk said.
Matteson Police Deputy Chief Rob Debeikis said police were surprised when the suspect was identified as a former police official.
“It threw us all for a loop, to be honest with you,” he said. “I’m over 25 years (as a police officer), and this is a first for me.”
Dodd is not suspected in any other bank robberies, Debeikis said.
Dodd was visiting relatives in the area, Debeikis said, when he robbed the BMO Harris Bank branch at 4940 W. Lincoln Highway about 11 a.m. Friday.
Police have not determined a motive for the robbery, nor do they know why Dodd killed himself as he was being chased on Vollmer Road, just east of Cicero Avenue, Debeikis said.
Dodd’s death was ruled a suicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Dodd’s car veered into a utility pole and fence after he shot himself. No one else was hurt.
“I’m grateful he did this on his own terms and that nobody else was harmed,” Debeikis said. “We were very fortunate that his car veered to the right (off Vollmer). Had it gone to the left, he may have hit someone head-on.”
A police officer making a village deposit at the bank made eye contact with a man carrying a wad of cash as he walked away from the counter, police previously said. A teller who had fallen to the ground and begun hyperventilating told the officer the suspect had robbed the bank, police said.
The man took off in a 2003 Nissan, leading police on a chase from westbound U.S. 30 to northbound Interstate 57, then eastbound on I-80 before pulling a U-turn to head south in the wrong lanes of I-57, police said.
The robber then exited onto eastbound Vollmer Road, and as he passed Cicero Avenue, an officer saw him put a handgun to the right side of his head, police said. The officer heard a gunshot, and the driver’s side window of the car broke out before the vehicle veered into a field, flipping into a utility pole and fence, police said.

Ex-Phoenix officer dies in apparent suicide


PHOENIX AZ Nov 12 2014            
A former Phoenix police officer who recently revealed his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder to CBS 5 News has apparently taken his own life.
The death of Craig Tiger is being investigated as a suicide by Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies. Tiger was found unresponsive in his vehicle over the weekend at his family’s cabin in northern Arizona.
Tiger’s death has sparked a debate about whether police departments do enough to care for officers after critical on-duty incidents.
The president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Joe Clure, said he believes Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia and the Phoenix Police Department played a part in Tiger’s death.
“We should have done a lot more for Officer Tiger than what we did,” said Clure.
In June 2012, Tiger and his partner were forced to shoot a man aggressively threatening them and the public with a bat. The suspect died at the scene.
When Tiger shared his story in September 2014, he said the shooting affected him immediately.
“I went home that night to an empty house. It started immediately. I proceeded to self-medicate with alcohol, and it started that night, that very night,” Tiger said.
But in about a week, Tiger was back on the street, cleared for duty after a one-hour session with a psychologist hired by the police department.
The 12-year police veteran continued to work the streets, but off duty he suffered in silence and developed a serious drinking problem.
Around the year anniversary of the shooting, Tiger said it became too much.
“We have a family cabin up north, and I was going up north to kill myself. I had guns with me in the car, and I was subsequently stopped for DUI on the way up. In hindsight, it saved my life because I wouldn’t be here right now,” Tiger said.
Tiger was arrested and charged with DUI. He was placed on administrative leave and went for treatment.
During treatment, Tiger was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He sought help with a veterans’ group. But his job was on the line.
One of Garcia’s first moves after taking over the Phoenix Police Department was to more severely punish officers arrested for DUI.
The department did not choose to handle Tiger’s discipline through the Department Review Board. Instead, Garcia held a termination hearing with Tiger and his union representative, who happened to be Clure.
“I sat next to him in that hearing where he (Tiger) poured his heart out to the chief and said, ‘This is what I’m going through. This is what I’m dealing with.’ He brought medical evidence to substantiate the fact that he suffered from PTSD. And the chief’s response was essentially, ‘I don’t care; you’re fired.'”
Robbie Adler-Tapia is a Tempe-based psychologist who specializes in treating emergency personnel with PTSD.
Adler-Tapia believes departments don’t do enough for their officers after critical incidents.
“They’re exposed to critical incidents every day. And the wear and tear of it just takes its toll on them. And we don’t provide services to keep them in shape, you know, psychologically healthy,” Adler-Tapia said.
Clure echoed the doctor’s opinion.
“We ignore them. We get rid of them because we don’t want to assume the liability for them. We fire them. That’s the standard operating procedure,” Clure said.
Clure said that as the news of Tiger’s death spread through the department, he was flooded with text messages and emails from officers expressing their belief that the department turned their back on Tiger and that other officers have been or are in the same position.
“I think the entire process needs to be looked at because, quite frankly, Craig Tiger is not the first victim that I’m aware of regarding the Phoenix Police Department’s lack of care or lack of concern for officers that suffer from this illness,” Clure said.
CBS 5 News requested an interview with Garcia, but was told he would not speak. In an email response, a spokesman said:

“…this is a sad and unfortunate situation, Craig has friends and family on this department. We will continue to allow healthcare professionals to assist us in our organization in making these types of mental health decisions, while we ensure the community is being policed by those who are fit to serve. The many services that our department and personal health care cover are available to all of our employees for on-duty and off-duty challenges; this case was no different. Our thoughts are with his family.”


Ex-NOPD officer on trial in ‘pill mill’ case commits suicide


New Orleans LA. Nov 6 2014 Donald Nides, a former New Orleans Police Department narcotics officer standing trial this week on federal charges of helping “pill mills” avoid criminal investigation, was found dead at his River Ridge home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, his lawyer said.
Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich said he was notified by 911 operators around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 5) that Nides, 64, died of a gunshot wound to the head.
The federal trial was entering its third day, with testimony expected to turn to claims that Nides took sexual favors and cash bribes from Tiffany Gambino Miller, co-owner of pain management clinics in Slidell and Metairie who along with a doctor cut plea deals.
Nides, who was assigned to a DEA task force, was wounded by Tuesday’s testimony from former law enforcement colleagues, who defense attorney Arthur “Buddy” Lemann accused of lying on the stand.
There was a certain amount of eagerness about (the testimony) that really crushed him,” Lemann said.
Yet Nides seemed confident when he left the courthouse, Lemann said.
“I liked our chances,” Lemann said.
Lemann said Nides’s wife was devastated by the death of her husband of more than 30 years. The couple had two children and were expecting their first grandchild.
Lemann said he expected the government was close to wrapping up its case, and he planned to put on the testimony of Nides’ former partner.
Lemann had painted Nides, a veteran of 40 years in law enforcement, as a hardworking cop who had been deceived by Miller and Dr. Joseph Mogan III, who ran the Omni Pain Management clinic in Metairie and Omni Pain Management Plus in Slidell.a
Miller had yet to testify, but prosecutors said she would testify that she performed oral sex on Nides in his car and at the clinic on multiple occasions from 2007 to 2008, as well as giving him envelopes of cash. In exchange, Nides advised Miller on how the clinics could disguise the fact that the Omni clinics were “pill mills” where doctors would write prescriptions for powerful painkilling medications to patients with little justification.
Mogan testified that the clinics raked in $1.5 million a year, money he split with Miller. Nides, according to court records filed along with Mogan and Miller’s plea agreements, received cash payments of $600 to $2,000 on a weekly or biweekly basis.
Nides was free on bail since his indictment in February.
‘Very nice guy’
Nides lived with his wife on 3rd Street in River Ridge, a quiet, dead-end block that neighbors said is home to many retirees. Several declined to be named, but described Nides as a friendly, kind person.
The couple’s single-story brick house with white shutters sits on a manicured lawn that neighbors said was the result of Nides’ daily attention. He was constantly outside working on his front yard landscaping, neighbors said, and would always wave to passing cars and stop to chat to pedestrians.
“He kept his yard immaculate,” neighbor Wayne Pritchett said. “He was always out there fooling with his garden and would always wave to you every day.”
Nides and his family were living there when Pritchett moved in 15 years ago. They became friendly, but not close, Pritchett said, noting he had seen Nides outside working in his yard on Sunday, the day before his trial started.
“I’m just sad to hear that because as far as I know he’s a very nice guy,” Pritchett said. “I’m sad for his wife and children.”
As word trickled through the road’s residents Wednesday morning, neighbors visited on each other’s front stoops, discussing the surprising and sudden death of the man they knew as friendly and even-keeled.
“Are you serious?” one woman asked, shocked.
Several neighbors said they hadn’t heard of Nides’ legal troubles and would have never suspected he would be at the center of lurid allegations — let alone kill himself over them.
“I’m sorry that it would cause that,” Debra Murphy said of his apparent suicide. “I wish that he would’ve been able to get through it.”
A woman at the Nides home declined to speak to a reporter.

Cook County Sheriff’s deputy commits suicide after partner arrested


CHICAGO  IL Nov 6 2014           
A Cook County Sheriff’s officer was charged Tuesday with ripping off drug dealers while he was assigned to a federal task force — and his partner died in an apparent suicide in a federal lockup.
The deceased officer was found Tuesday morning in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he apparently hanged himself, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Authorities didn’t identify him.
His partner, Robert Vaughn, 44, of Frankfort, is charged with conspiring to commit robbery of marijuana, contraband cigarettes and money.
Vaughn and the other officer were arrested Monday in an FBI sting in suburban Bedford Park. Vaughn and the other officer approached an undercover agent’s car, thinking he was a drug dealer transporting 70 pounds of marijuana in two duffle bags, authorities said. The other officer allegedly handcuffed the agent and put the duffle bags in the sheriff’s car. The FBI then arrested both sheriff’s officers.
Vaughn was wearing an orange jail uniform in his court appearance Tuesday.
Both officers were members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area team, a joint federal, state and local initiative to combat narcotics dealing. They conspired with a former police officer to rob people of marijuana, contraband cigarettes and money, federal prosecutors said. That former officer, who had worked for the Lyons Police Department was convicted in August on federal corruption charges.
Vaughn’s next court appearance will be his detention hearing, set for 11 a.m. Wednesday. At the end of his hearing Tuesday morning, U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Martin told him: “Hang in there, Mr. Vaughn. OK?”
Vaughn did not respond. He sat down and held his head in his hands before eventually being led away by U.S. marshals.
Sun Times