An NYPD cop apparently killed himself behind a Staten Island precinct on Friday — the third member of the department to commit suicide this month, sources told The Post.
The officer was found inside of a vehicle on Wilcox St., behind the 121st Precinct with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound just before 4 p.m., the sources said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sources described the cop as a domestic violence officer with 7 years on the job. He was off duty when he took his life.
His death comes just one week after NYPD officials urged department members to speak up and seek treatment for any mental health issues — following the suicides of two veteran officers.
Homicide detective Joe Calabrese, 58, was found dead last Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach. Steven Silks, the deputy chief of Patrol Borough Queens North, took his own life in a similar manner a day earlier. The 62-year-old was found just blocks away from his office at the 112th Precinct station house in Forest Hills.
Following those suicides, Chief of Department Terence Monahan said in a video posted to his Twitter account: “We’ve lost two of our members of service due to suicide and this is something we have to talk about. This isn’t something that we can just keep in whispered tones and not have the conversation…This has to be open. We need everyone in this agency to be willing to talk about this.”
The NYPD offers services with the Employee Assistance Unit, as well as the Chaplains Unit and also encourages the use of services offered by POPPA, or Police Officers Providing Peer Assistance, which is external from the department.
Additional reporting by Chris Perez