WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- On Thursday, Bronx police officer Kevin Preiss, 53, fatally shot himself at his home in Long Island.
- His death is so far the fourth reported this month, and this year’s sixth cop suicide incidence.
- Colleagues at the 50th Precinct House where Preiss worked were very shocked and saddened with his passing saying they never saw any signs leading to his death.
Law enforcement sources told The Post on Thursday that an off-duty Bronx police officer took his own life this month at his Long Island home. His suicide is reportedly the fourth NYPD cop suicide to occur this month.
Police report that around 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, 53-year-old Kevin Preiss was found dead inside his house at Nassau County with a self-inflicted gunshot head wound. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. He died just three days before his 25th year anniversary of joining the force.
According to Chief Department Terence Monahan, Preiss’s death is the fourth NYPD suicide for the month of June and so far, the sixth this year. In the country, it is also marked as this year’s 101st cop suicide.
Talking to reporters on Thursday, Monahan said, “It’s something . . . everyone needs to talk about. We have to be willing to talk and more importantly, we have to be able to listen.”
Fellow officers at the 50th Precinct station house where Preiss worked described him as a really nice guy. Noting how Preiss was about to retire, another cop said that “it’s just so heartbreaking.”
“No one ever saw the signs”, said a civilian employee who shared that Preiss looked forward to doing all the things he wanted to do once he retires. That is why his suicide came as a shock. “I can’t make sense of it,” the employee said.
Calling the suicide ‘incredibly troubling’, Mayor de Blasio called the series of police suicides something ‘we’ve never seen before’. With a whole set of strategies, he together with Police Commissioner James O’Neill, are setting out to provide help for every police officer and their families every time they feel overwhelmed.
“This is very, very painful and our officers do so much, but we’ve got to find a way to get the message across and provide support in a different way.”
Domestic-violence officer Mike Caddy, 29, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on June 14 inside a vehicle behind the 121st Precinct station house.
Another is veteran homicide detective Joe Calabrese, 58, who was also a victim of a self-inflicted gunshot head wound on June 6 on Plumb Beach in Brooklyn. One day before his death, deputy chief of Queens North Steven Silks died from a gunshot wound in the head after fatally shooting himself in an unmarked police car.
Source: New York Post