Police officer dies of apparent suicide a year after joining the force

The death of an off-duty officer in Jersey City who was shot in the chest Sunday evening is being investigated as a suicide.

NJ.com reports that Ramon Torres, 33, was the officer who was found at his Woodlawn Avenue home with a gunshot wound. Sources told the newspaper that Torres had graduated from the academy in last March and was also a youth boxing coach. Torres’ father is reportedly a Superior officer with the Jersey City Police Department.

The New York Daily News reported that Torres was transported to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The man’s father was reportedly heard on emergency radio transmissions, begging crews to hurry to the home.

“That’s my son’s home!” the father reportedly said. “That’s my son. Please get emergency personnel there immediately, please!”

Dozens of officers were reportedly spotted near the hospital’s emergency room entrance shortly after the shooting. NorthJersey.com wrote that none of them would comment on the incident.

According to the Daily News, a responding officer can be heard saying that the gunshot wound appears to be “self-inflicted” and that they’re taking one woman out of the apartment and clearing the crime scene.

Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said that the late officer worked the midnight shift in the city’s West District.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said they’re investigating the 33-year-old’s death. On Monday, the office declined to release additional information surrounding their ongoing investigation.


[Featured Image: Ramon Torres/Jersey City police]