A day after the eighth New York Police Department officer died by suicide this 12 months, a veteran metropolis cop killed himself with a gun at house in Queens on Wednesday.
Robert Echeverria, 56, was off obligation when he shot himself within the head, in response to the New York Daily News. Authorities responded to a name from Echeverria’s spouse at round 6:20 p.m. and shortly rushed to his Laurelton house.
Sources instructed the Daily News that Echeverria’s spouse discovered her husband unresponsive on the bottom with a gun close by on his mattress. Upon arriving on the scene, medical responders transported him to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital the place he was later pronounced dead.
Prior to his loss of life, Echeverria had served within the NYPD for 25 years and belonged to the elite Strategic Response Group, a group of regulation enforcement officers which can be assigned to mass shootings, sizeable protests and different related occasions.
Echeverria, the ninth NYPD officer to die by suicide in 2019, was not the primary officer to take his personal life this week. His loss of life comes simply at some point after 35-year-old metropolis supply Johnny Rios fatally shot himself at his house in Yonkers on Tuesday. Rios was quickly assigned to element surrounding Yankee Stadium on the time of his passing.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill revealed in a press convention that a median of between 4 and 5 officers have killed themselves within the NYPD over the previous 5 years.
Seven of the 9 NYPD suicides this 12 months have occurred since June, in response to CNN. The excessive quantity of officers taking their very own lives has rattled the division and prompted officers to search out new methods to encourage its workers to succeed in out for assist.
This month, roughly 800 government NYPD workers will begin coaching with psychological well being consultants to fight the uptick in suicides, O’Neill said, including that their purpose is to ultimately retrain the whole division.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’s additionally a 2020 presidential candidate, addressed the suicides in a tweet on Wednesday evening. “Tonight our city mourns a tragedy. We won’t let anyone struggle alone,” the mayor wrote. “I want every one of New York’s Finest to know we are here for you. We value you. Help is available. Please reach out.”
According to a 2018 Ruderman Family Foundation study, regulation enforcement officers and firefighters usually tend to die from suicide than on the job or on-duty.
If you may have ideas of suicide, confidential assist is out there free of charge on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is out there 24 hours day by day.