An off-duty officer with the Nassau County (NY) Police Department died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday.
According to Newsday, the 27-year Nassau police veteran took his own life at his Massapequa home on Monday evening.
Police reportedly responded to a call of a shooting and discovered the officer—whose name has not been released—mortally wounded.
The officer was transported to a nearby hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
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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.