An NYPD officer fatally shot himself in his Manhattan home Wednesday, in the second apparent suicide of a city police officer this month.
The 34-year-officer was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head at about 7:15 p.m., inside his Stuyvesant Town apartment on E. 20th St., police sources said.
His name has not yet been released.
The cop, who works for the NYPD’s Times Square Unit, didn’t show up for his shift Wednesday, leading his fellow officers to call his family, sources said.
Police found him after doing a wellness check at his apartment. He was laying on the bed, shot in the head, with his gun next to him, sources said.
“I was in the lobby and there was a sudden wave of cops,” said one neighbor, who didn’t give her name. “They say he killed himself, and then we got a text from management.”
On April 5, Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney, who commanded the 107th Precinct, shot himself in his department vehicle at the corner of Underhill Ave. and 164th St. across from Kissena Park.
Mullaney, 44, was the first active-duty police officer to kill himself this year.
The city saw a spike of police suicides in 2019 and 2020. In In 2019, 10 active-duty NYPD officers died by suicide, prompting leadership to step up its mental health outreach for cops in distress.
For those contemplating suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is reachable 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. They can also call 311 or 911 for help.
New York City has several resources for depressed and suicidal people. NYC Well — the city’s free and confidential hotline — offers mental or substance abuse help 24 hours a day over the phone, through its online chat or via text.