By Karma Allen, ABC30:
A police officer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home on Wednesday, marking the fourth New York Police Department (NYPD) suicide this month.
The officer fatally shot himself at his Hicksville home on Long Island Wednesday night, NYPD sources said. The officer, who served in the Bronx, was off-duty at the time.
It was the latest death in what the city’s police commissioner referred to as a “mental-health crisis.” Six NYPD officers have died by suicide this year, city officials said.
“When a suicide occurs, the department immediately deploys grief counselors, chaplains unit and employee assistance unit professionals to provide continuous support,” the department said in a statement Thursday. “We’ve been holding meetings across the department about what additional measures can be taken for officers and their mental health and to dissolve the stigma that getting help could impact your career.”
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