• Search

Hero Down: Mesa Police Officer Mitchell Winters Dies By Suicide

Mesa, AZ – Mesa Police Department (MPD) Officer Mitchell “Mitch” Winters died over the weekend due to an apparent suicide, his department announced on Tuesday.

Officer Winters, 23, served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to recently joining the MPD, the agency said in a Facebook post.

“Our hearts are broken, and our deepest condolences are with the Winters’ family,” the MPD said.

Mesa Police Chief Ken Cost spoke about the young officer’s death in a YouTube video on Nov. 14.

“We’re all just so saddened and devastated by the loss of Mitchell Winters,” Chief Cost said. “We haven’t gone through something like this as a department family in over 20 years.”

Officer Winters was “dedicated to service,” the chief noted, and had previously been a member of the police explorers program while growing up in the Bay Area of California.

“Mitch was all about service and that’s what you need to know about him,” Chief Cost said.

He urged members of the MPD to be there to support Officer Winters’ friends and close coworkers.

“Be there for one another,” the chief said. “It is our strength that brings us together and makes us even stronger…our heart goes out to you, and we’re there for you as a family.”

Chief Cost noted that working in law enforcement exposes officers to “the worst of the worst of humanity,” and that he wants all members of the MPD to know they can reach out for help when they need it.

“We have an incredible peer support team and peer network for you,” he told his officers. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day mission for them and for this department to be there for one another.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mesa Police Department Officer Mitchell “Mitch” Winters, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

View all articles
Written by Holly Matkin


Sign up to our daily newsletter so you don't miss out on the latest events surrounding law enforcement!

Follow Me

Follow us on social media and be sure to mark us as "See First."