An off-duty officer with the Chicago Police Department was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the Northwest Side of the city on Monday evening.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cook County Sheriff’s Police found the officer's body in the Bunker Hill Forest Preserve
A procession of police officers delivered the body to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The death is at least the eighth suicide by a Chicago police officer since July 2018.
Editor's Note: If you or someone you know has ideation of suicide or is approaching crisis, please know that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Safe Call Now (1-206-459-3020) offers those services specifically for first responders.
On a website maintained by BlueH.E.L.P.—an organization that tracks officer suicides while simultaneously seeking to prevent such tragedies from occurring—a first responder need only enter a few data points—such as their location and what kind of assistance is needed—and the individual will be provided with a list of options for help from a searchable database dedicated to helping first responders find emotional, financial, spiritual, and other forms of assistance.