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Off-Duty NYPD Sergeant Commits Suicide at Home

April 13, 2015  | 

An off-duty NYPD sergeant committed suicide in his Brooklyn home Sunday while his family members were nearby in other rooms, law-enforcement sources said.

Sgt. Jim Fitzpatrick’s wife made the horrific discovery at around 3:45 p.m. at their home near Narrows Avenue and 71st Street in Bay Ridge, officials and neighbors told the New York Post.

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.

Fitzpatrick was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center, where he later died, sources said.

Police sources and neighbors said the 48-year-old officer was assigned to Metro Tech in Downtown Brooklyn.

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HRPufnstuf @ 4/13/2015 1:44 PM

Sad. And messy. No respect for the rest of the family.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/13/2015 8:30 PM

Sounds like Sergeant Fitzpatrick may have been experiencing some mental problems or possible marital problems. Either way the outcome was to say the least tragic. Condolences to his family and the NYPD.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/20/2015 4:40 AM

LEO's are not supermen, they too suffer from depression. Too bad there was nobody there for him inside the department.

Providence correa @ 4/20/2015 2:08 PM

I worked with sergeant Frtzpatrick such a nice person, god bless condolences to the family.

Bill @ 10/23/2015 10:38 PM

Respect for his family has nothing to do with it.....some who suffer depression are so convinced their family would be better without them that they would take their own life. I sat with a friend hours before and listen to him tell me stories of his youngest son and how proud of him he was, only to finish his shift go and take his own life made me so angry thinking"how could you do this to your son". Well it took a long time and a lot of talking to realize he did actually believe they were better off with out him.Were we either to busy or blind to the fact he needed help........many many times I ask myself did I miss something or was there a sign he was going through that much pain that he would resort to this tragic outcome. Its been 8 years I am still wonder often..... if you see signs please don't be afraid to say something it could make all the difference

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