An off-duty NYPD sergeant shot and killed himself inside his Queens home Tuesday night, Oct. 15—marking the 10th NYPD officer to die by suicide this year.
The 33-year-old victim, identified by sources as Officer Linhong Li, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the house he shared with his wife near Union Turnpike and 178th Street in Utopia.
His wife found him in a pool of blood when she got home at about 8 p.m., according to the police.
Law enforcement leaders across the country are raising concern at the suicide crisis impacting departmental officials.
In June, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said police officers killing themselves “cannot be allowed to continue.”
“Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves,” he said, urging those needing help to seek mental health assistance.
O’Neill added, “Accepting help is never a sign of weakness—in fact, it’s a sign of great strength.”
If you know someone who is in crisis, you can text “Blue” to 741741 for help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. The number to call is 1-800-273-8255.