NYPD officer dies by suicide, 10th this year

John Montone
October 16, 2019 - 7:33 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An off-duty NYPD sergeant fatally shot himself at his Queens home Tuesday, according to officials, marking the 10th NYPD officer to die by suicide this year.

His wife found the 33-year-old officer -- later identified as Linhong Li -- at around 9:30 p.m., and he was pronounced dead within 30 minutes after he was rushed to Jamaica Hospital.

He joined the force in 2012 and was assigned to a Manhattan precinct.

Including retired officers, this is the 12th self-inflicted death in 2019.

The NYPD declared a mental health crisis earlier this year after four officers died by suicide in June.

In a letter to members, Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins wrote, "Police suicides have become a mental health crisis of epic proportions ... The policing profession is at a critical juncture, and innovative action needs to be taken."

The previous NYPD suicide was of NYPD Officer Robert Echeverria of Laurelton, who died by suicide in August.

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