Off-Duty Police Officer Commits Suicide
MILWAUKEE - A 29-year-old off-duty police officer committed suicide early Friday despite the efforts of two fellow officers to stop him.
It happened at the off-duty officer's home in the 3400 block of S. Griffin, near Humboldt Park.
The officer, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, had been with the department for five years and was assigned to District 3.
According to a statement from Milwaukee Police, an on-duty sergeant and another on-duty police officer went to the off-duty officer’s home after hearing that the officer might be suicidal.
The sergeant and the officer who accompanied him attempted to prevent the suicide of their fellow officer.
The off-duty officer placed a gun to his own head in an attempt at suicide.
In a desperate to attempt to prevent that, the sergeant discharged his weapon striking the off-duty officer in the leg.
As the off-duty officer fell to the ground, he again placed the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger. The off-duty officer was pronounced dead at the scene.
The sergeant involved in the incident is 35-years-old with 11 years of service on the department. As is standard operating procedure, the sergeant was placed on administrative duty pending the completion of the investigation.
The incident is being treated as a death investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department and is being reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.