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N.J. Officer Kills Self at Station

September 25, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Ewing PD.
Photo courtesy of Ewing PD.
A veteran Ewing (N.J.) Police officer shot himself to death in the parking lot behind police headquarters while off duty, reports the Times of Trenton.

Officer Matthew Wallace, 39, committed suicide at about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. His body was discovered by a sergeant.

Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann called Wallace's death "a tremendous loss" for the agency and community. The officer leaves behind a wife and children. He was considered an outstanding officer and likeable guy, colleagues said.

Tags: police suicide, Off-Duty Incidents, Ewing (N.J.) PD


Comments (9)

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AusFost1 @ 9/26/2013 3:51 PM

I am so sorry, Officer Wallace. Please, people, please get help if the black dog is snapping at your heels or dragging you down. Don't underestimate the huge black hole you would leave behind you. Reach out to someone, no matter how hard it is to ask for help.

KRyan @ 9/27/2013 6:48 AM

My prayers are with Off. Wallace and his family. To all officers facing problems such as those faced by Off. Wallace - there is help out there. Two good websites are www.woundedbadge.com and www.tearsofacop.com. Please check out those sites or ask for help locally. Please ask for help. There is no shame in it. I have been on the brink but asked for help. Stay safe both on and off the job.

M. @ 9/27/2013 6:54 AM

An old friend of mine, a sergeant, killed himself a few years back- he gave no warning but he did leave behind his family that loved him very much, and so many friends...none of us saw the pain he was hiding....as AusFost1 says, get help! Being depressed is not a sign of weakness, and asking for help doesn't mean you are a coward or "can't take the heat"....please please please seek help if you feel yourself heading in this direction. I feel so bad for Officer Wallace and his family, it's just a tragedy.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/27/2013 7:20 AM

He's lucky he's gone now. The pain is over. My condolences to his family. AS for those that say there is no warning they should really take the time to get to know the people they work with. The signs are abundant. Getting help is a huge weakness and all cops know that. Once you ask for help your buddies stop backing you up, everyone pulls aways and your supervisors put it in your personnel file for life for all to read especially the press. There is no confidential help for mental health issues in Law Enforcement.

Janet @ 9/27/2013 8:14 AM

My prayers are with the family. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal.

Boston @ 9/27/2013 9:10 AM

What a shame a loss to his family and friends. This subject has always drawn my interest. Why some people end up in a career that can suck and stress the life out of you. I know of only one other career combat soldier. Yet some people have no problem with either profession. Time to have a profile of the people who thrive and can perform these positions. Do our Academy Instructors see this during training? What about our FTO's do they see if a person is struggling? Can we have a baseline test or series of questions that actually point us in the right direction to screen these person out? I would think being an LEO in a sleepy hollow town in the middle of the country versus being in a major city like NY, LA, or Chicago plays a hand in this also.

S.S. @ 9/27/2013 9:14 AM

Sorry to hear this terrible news, but no matter how bad things seem . they are only temporary. Suicide is a permanent solution. Not only that but Im sure you had a wonderfull family. R.I.P.

House @ 9/27/2013 5:43 PM

rest easy now brother. you will be missed. thank you for your service.

Nicole @ 9/28/2013 8:42 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children. I am truly sorry for such a great loss of a loving father & husband. May he be in peace.
Being a police officer is truly a thankless position. There is a huge amount of stress that normal people do not have along with in house politics. They truly need to support these guys (girls) such much more than they do. They deserve it.

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