Retired NYPD sergeant officer dies by suicide on Staten Island

David Caplan
September 03, 2019 - 1:11 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 48-year-old retired NYPD transit sergeant fatally shot himself Monday on Staten Island, according to reports. 

According to The New York Post, the unidentified officer shot himself in a transit parking lot on Arthur Kill Road near Richmond Avenue.

"Last night, we learned of another officer who had taken their own life - the tenth this year," Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams said in a statement Tuesday morning. "Our hearts go out to the sergeant’s loved ones, and the entire NYPD family, as they cope with yet another loss to suicide."

Adams, who last week released a PSA about officers and mental health, added, "I know from my 22 years wearing a blue uniform that you can internalize the trauma you witness on a daily basis. I also know how difficult it can be to admit that you are struggling."

He continued, "I encourage any officer who is contemplating suicide to reach out to an organization you trust, like Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA), at 888-267-7267. I also renew and underscore my call for Commissioner O’Neill to incorporate mindfulness and meditation training into the NYPD Health and Wellness Task Force. We give officers a lot of tools to do their jobs with respect and professionalism. Now we need to give them the tools to heal themselves.”