CHICAGO IL July 11 2018 — A Chicago police officer killed himself in the parking lot of the Calumet District police station Sunday night, according to authorities.
A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department confirmed the death Monday.
The officer, a 36-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the police station about 7:30 p.m.
He shot himself in a patrol car with his service weapon, according to authorities. An autopsy Monday ruled his death a suicide.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and certainly his police family,” Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. “We know they’re very affected. The superintendent talked to those folks today. It’s very difficult for us and we’ve made awareness about suicide a priority because we know we’re one of the departments with the highest rates of suicide.”
Members of the Police Department’s employee assistance program were sent to the district Sunday night and Monday.