NYPD suffers 'another tragedy,' as another officer dies by suicide, becoming the 8th of the year

Andrew Weber
August 13, 2019 - 10:15 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — An NYPD officer has died by suicide, becoming the eighth officer to do so this year, the NYPD said Tuesday.

The office has been identified as Johnny Rios, according to the NYPD.

"The NYPD suffered another tragedy today with the loss of another office to suicide," the NYPD tweeted. 

The officer, 35, was a seven-year-veteran of the force who was temporarily on duty surrounding Yankee Stadium, according to CNN.

He was found at 3:40 a.m. at his home in Yonkers, a source told 1010 WINS. 

The Yonkers Police Deparment wrote in a statement, “The Yonkers Police Department is currently conducting a death investigation into the untimely passing of a police officer with the New York City Police Department. Around 3 a.m. this morning, Yonkers Police members responded to a location on Shoreview Drive on a report of a suicide. Thereat officers located the victim unresponsive and apparently deceased; the victim was subsequently pronounced at the scene. Preliminary investigation has yielded no indications of fair play, and the manner of death appears self-inflicted in an apparently suicide. Detectives are continuing the investigation in collaboration with the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

An official told CNN that the officer left a note behind.

His fiance was in the home at the time and he died on the scene.

Six of the eight suicides in 2019 have happened since June.

The NYPD has averaged between four and five suicides a year over the last five years.

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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