An NYPD officer reportedly took his own life Tuesday morning, marking the eighth officer in the police department to die by suicide this year.
Unnamed officials told the New York Post that the 35-year-old officer died from self-inflicted injuries at his Yonkers home at around 3 a.m. The unidentified officer, who worked in the Bronx and was on the force for seven years, was reportedly off-duty when he killed himself.
The officer was said to have left a note behind. A Yonkers Police Department spokesperson confirmed to News 12 Brooklyn that they are investigating the death of a male resident in what appears to be a suicide.
CNN reported that the officer was temporarily assigned to detail in the Yankee Stadium area.
Of the eight NYPD suicides this year, six have occurred since June. Police Commissioner James O’Neill told reporters in June that the NYPD has averaged between four and five suicides annually in the past five years, according to the network.
The New York Post noted that the NYPD offers counseling through the Employee Assistance Unit and the Chaplains Unit. Officers dealing with mental health issues are also referred to Police Officers Providing Peer Assistance, a resource that’s separate from the department.
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