A New York Police Department deputy chief officer days away from retirement was found dead with a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday evening, according to reports.
Steven Silks, who was off duty, was reportedly found in an unmarked patrol car by a passer-by in the Forest Hill area of Queens.
Mr Silks did not have children and his sister was notified of his death, the report said.
After he was found with the suspected gunshot wound to his head, he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The death of the officer comes amid growing recognition of suicide among US police officers. 2018 was the third year in a row in which more police officers died from suicide than in the line of duty. The numbers are also higher than suicide rates in the civilian population.
In 2018, 167 US police officers died from suicide – two fewer than in 2017, and 25 more than in 2016, according to organisation Blue Help.
California and Texas saw the highest police suicide rates, with 12 officers dying from suicide in 2018, followed by Florida and New York with 10, and Illinois with nine.
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