An officer with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department who was found shot atop a Silver Springs parking garage had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia said that it has been determined that 38-year-old Thomas Bomba died by suicide, the Washington Post reports.
Bomba had called over his radio that he was responding to "disorderly subjects" on Monday evening. Moments later, backup officers arrived and found Bomba wounded.
He was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Bomba is survived by his wife and two children.
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.