The Toledo (OH) Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own after leaders say an officer took his life.
According to a statement, Officer Jeffrey Payne, 53, was found dead at his home Tuesday during a welfare check by Lucas County deputies. Officers called for the check after Payne didn't report to work as scheduled, WTVG reports.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of Officer Jeffrey Payne,” said Chief George Kral. “I want to express my condolences to Officer Payne’s family, friends, and colleagues. To all our officers and police family, please continue to be your brother and sister’s keeper by encouraging the practice of utilizing our Peer Support Team, EAP, and professional mental health resources.”
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