New York Police Department (NYPD) Sgt. Terrance “Mac” McAvoy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in New Dorp, New York, on Saturday, July 27, Blue Lives Matter reported.
McAvoy, 30, had served most of his eight-year career in the NYPD in the 72nd Precinct before being promoted to sergeant in Brooklyn Transit.
He was discovered dead inside his home on July 27 with a gun near his body, the New York Daily News reported.
Friends said some fellow officers went to his home to check on him when he did not report for work and found him deceased.
“For those who did not know him, Sergeant McAvoy was a highly respected veteran,” a friend who worked with the sergeant wrote on Facebook that Sgt. McAvoy had made and helped on hundreds of arrests and made New York City a safer place for all of them.
“He was an inexorable beacon of knowledge and professionalism,” however, he was more than a police officer, “a deeply spiritual and intellectual person,” the post continued.
“A deeply patriotic American, Terrance embodied what it means to be proud of one’s country,” the friend wrote. “Terrance cared immensely about his family and friends, having been the best man at three weddings and the godfather to three children.
Visitation for McAvoy will be held on July 31 and Aug. 1 at Harmon Funeral Home on Forest Avenue in Staten Island, New York. The funeral mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament on Aug. 2 at 10 a.m., followed by burial after at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
McAvoy was the fifth NYPD officer to die by his own hand in the past two months, bringing the total number of officer suicides in the department to seven in 2019.