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Cop Kills Self After High-Speed Pursuit

April 10, 2012  | 

A Montgomery County (Md.) Police Department officer committed suicide after leading a Maryland trooper on a high-speed pursuit on Monday.

The trooper pulled over Jed R. Bylsma, 30, on westbound U.S. 50 in Talbot County about 1:30 a.m., for speeding. Bylsma identified himself as an officer but showed signs of intoxication, reports the Baltimore Sun.

After Bylsma fled, troopers pursued him until they caught up with his vehicle, which had stopped after a successful deployment of stop sticks. They found him unresponsive with a handgun near his hand. Bylsma had been on administrative leave for about one year, police told 9News Now.

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CONFUSED @ 4/10/2012 7:00 PM

Which is it...PA or MD? Title and story don't match.

Dan @ 4/11/2012 6:25 AM

Not to justify anything, but being on the bubble of administrative leave that long could drive anyone to drink. Obviously there were issues. The whole thing is a sad situation.

Patricia @ 4/12/2012 2:36 AM

Far too often officers are placed on administrative leave and underlying issues are not addressed. Alcohol usage is far too often used as a tool, to deal with emotions that we cannot handle. Somehow we must address the stigma of officers seeking the help that they need and the fear that in seeking such help that it may be perceived as weakness. All too often there is a fear of it being recorded on their personnel file.
Suicides rates in Police , I believe, still remain higher than among other professions.

Alan @ 4/29/2012 2:19 PM

First of all, he was a Montgomery County Md. police officer. I will state that the Montgomery County Police Department bent over backwards to allow the officer to get help. I agree, Cops in general don't want to get help and many agencies don't provide the atmosphere to do so. That was not the case here. It also incumbent on officers to take the help offered.

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