San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Police Department Officer Jordan Hammond died by suicide on Thursday night while he was on the phone with fellow law enforcement officers who were rushing to help him.
“I know that everyone here knows what happened last night,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told reporters on Friday morning, according to KENS. “We lost another officer to suicide.”
Officer Hammond was the fifth officer on the San Antonio police force to take his own life in the last seven months.
Chief McManus said four of the five suicides were active-duty San Antonio police officers and one had retired two weeks before he took his own life, KENS reported.
The chief said that the 30-year-old Officer Hammond drove to a parking lot in Helotes and was on the phone with police officers who were trying to keep him talking while other officers rushed to his aid.
He said authorities used air and ground resources to track Officer Hammond’s phone to the Helotes parking lot, KENS reported.
But Chief McManus said the five-year veteran of the police department shot himself just moments before fellow officers arrived on the scene to help him at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 13, KENS reported.
“The sadder part about this is that he was receiving help that he needed,” the police chief said.
He said another veteran officer was desperately trying to keep Officer Hammond on the phone and wanted to get help to the troubled younger colleague, KENS reported.
“We are really, really concerned about what is happening within our ranks, with police officers wanting to hurt themselves, and ultimately committing suicide,” Chief McManus told the assembled reporters on Oct. 14.
“We have to look out and see what more we can do to make it even easier for officers to ask for help,” the police chief said.
“The take-away for me right now, and what’s on my heart is, what more can we do and what did we miss?” he asked. “That’s what is eating at me and many others as well.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Antonio Police Department Officer Jordan Hammond, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.