Saco, ME – South Portland Police Department (SPPD) Officer Steven “Steve” Connors took his own life on Nov. 9, according to his department.
The 50-year-old officer died at his home, the City of South Portland said in a press release the following day.
The SPPD confirmed Officer Connors’ cause of death in a press release on Nov. 12.
“Officer Steve Connors, who was a coworker, a friend, a family member, took his own life on Tuesday,” the department said. “We are at a loss of words on how to describe our thoughts, feelings, and emotions as we process this devastating news.”
Officer Connors served the SPPD for 26 years.
“Without any doubt, had a positive impact on every person he ever encountered. He was a true professional and an outstanding cop,” the department said. “He will be truly missed.”
Officer Connors was shot multiple times in 2006 as he and his fellow officers were arresting Terrell Dubois on an outstanding warrant for kidnapping his girlfriend, the Press Herald reported.
Officer Connors was hit in the chest, shoulder, and hand during the close-range gunfight.
He also suffered a graze wound to his skull, according to the Press Herald.
Dubois, who was shot during the gunfight, was later sentenced to 18 years in prison for attempting to murder Officer Connors, as well as for other felony convictions.
Officer Connors ultimately recovered from his wounds and returned to work, the Press Herald reported.
“On behalf of the entire South Portland Police Department family, Officer Connors was a true hero and will be sadly missed,” SPPD Interim Chief James DiGianvittorio said in the city’s press release.
South Portland Mayor Misha Pride told the Press Herald the SPPD and the city are “devastated” by the loss of Officer Connors.
“I think this is a very traumatic time for all first responders and this really does increase that trauma,” Pride said.
Officer Connors leaves behind his mother, as well as his siblings, niece, and nephew, according to his obituary.
“He wasn’t just one of the good guys; he was the best guy for those who truly knew him,” the tribute read. “He was generous, humble, compassionate, dedicated, honorable, dependable, sentimental, fiercely loyal, and he embodied integrity. He will not be forgotten. His memory will be celebrated, protected, and honored daily. May he rest in peace with dignified comfort.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of South Portland Police Department Officer Steven “Steve” Connors, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.