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NYPD officer fatally shoots himself in Queens home, 9th NYPD suicide of 2019

August 14, 2019 - 7:58 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Off-duty NYPD officer Robert Echeverria, 56, fatally shot himself in the head at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday at his home in Queens, 1010 WINS has confirmed. He's the ninth NYPD officer to die by suicide this year -- 7th since June and 2nd in one week. 

The officer’s wife called 911 after finding him on the floor and the gun on his bed in their Laurelton home, The Daily News reports.

He was rushed to North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Manhasset. 

"Tonight our city mourns a tragedy. We won’t let anyone struggle alone." Mayor de Balsio tweeted.

"I want every one of New York’s Finest to know we are here for you. We value you. Help is available. Please reach out," he added.

"We are saddened to announce that the NYPD has suffered another tragedy today with the loss of one of our officers to suicide," the NYPD tweeted. "To anyone who may be struggling, know that there is support available. Behind each of these resources are people that care about your well-being."

Sources tell 1010 WINS that he shot himself around 6:30 p.m. His wife and daughter were home at the time.

A friend of Echeverria posted Facebook "Rest easy my friend it was a pleasure working with you in the 73Pct. You were a true gentleman , one of the good guys. I hope you are at peace now . God Speed my brother."

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He has two children: a daughter, 11, and an 18-year-old special needs son. 

He had at least 25 years of service with the NYPD and is a member of the elite Strategic Response Group, which handles events like mass shootings and large protests. 

NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan encouraged officers with suicidal thoughts to seek help last month, and promised there would be no reprecussions for the careers if they did so.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill urges any NYPD officer or employee to call the department's employee assistance hotline at 646-610-6730 if they need aid.

If you or somoneone you know needs help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Home' to 741741.

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