Long Island, NY – A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer put his gun in his mouth and threatened to kill himself when he was stopped by Long Island police for a traffic violation.
The incident occurred as the officer was on his way to work at an NYPD precinct in Brooklyn, sources told the New York Post.
Police sources who know the officer said that the Long Island officers who stopped him had to convince him to put his weapon down, and then they called for backup.
“They had to talk him out of it,” a police source told the New York Post.
The officer, who was not in uniform when he was stopped, was transported to Nassau University Medical Center.
“I never would have expected him to do this,” one source told the New York Post.
NYPD has been facing an epidemic of suicides of crisis proportions this year, with at least 10 officers and officials having taken their own lives in 2019.
Numerous experts have pointed to the swell of anti-cop sentiment in the city as a big part of the problem, according to the New York Post.
“The abuse they have to put up with is taking a toll,” John Petrullo, director of the Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance, has said in the past.
Officers complain that despite the ghastly number of suicides this year, NYPD isn’t doing enough to provide the help to stop it, according to the New York Post.
“This is a real issue and as long as they keep acting like it’s not, it’s going to keep happening,” a police source said.
The City of New York’s Department of Investigation polled NYPD retirees in September and learned that numerous former officers had considered asking for help but never followed through because they feared their career would be negatively impacted, the New York Post reported.