An off-duty Chicago police officer was found dead in an apparent suicide Wednesday morning in the Clearing neighborhood on the Southwest Side — the third such death by a member of the department this year.
The officer was found in the morning near Hale Elementary School in the 6100 block of South Melvina Avenue, according to a police and fire sources.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer’s name hasn’t been released.
In a statement, CPD Supt. David Brown said the department “experienced the heartbreaking loss of one of our police officers to an apparent suicide. As his family, loved ones and fellow CPD officers mourn, we are asking the city to help carry their grief by keeping them in your thoughts.
“Being a police officer is not an easy job and our officers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. They put their lives on the line for the people of Chicago, all while balancing their daily lives and taking care of their families. At the end of the day, these police officers are only human. It’s so important now, more than ever, to remember that,” Brown said.
He was the third Chicago police officer to die by suicide this year, and the 11th CPD officer suicide since 2018.
On March 5, Officer Jeffrey Troglia, 38, shot himself in the basement of his Mount Greenwood home on the Southwest Side. Troglia, who joined the force in 2006, worked in the department’s gang investigations unit.
Earlier that week, Officer James Daly was found dead of a gunshot in the men’s locker room of the Town Hall police station at 850 W. Addison. Daly, 47, told colleagues he was planning to retire even though he was notified two weeks before he died that he needed to be 50 to qualify for a pension, officials said then.
Shortly after the pair of officer suicides, CPD announced the hiring of Alexa James, CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago, as a senior adviser of wellness. The department said she planned to create a comprehensive “officer wellness strategy.”
A 2017 Justice Department report found the department’s suicide rate was 60% higher than the nationwide average for officers.