The Houston Police Department is mourning one of its own this morning after a longtime sergeant was found to have committed suicide at a police station in west Houston, Chief Art Acevedo announced Friday.
Around 8:35 Friday morning, the unidentified 21-year HPD veteran was found in the Westside Patrol Station with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Acevedo said. Members of the force became concerned when around 7 a.m. he did not report for work. When he wasn't answering his phone and no one could locate him, police decided to search inside the police station. They found him in the fourth-floor stairwell.
Acevedo said he and the department have been visiting with the family all morning to provide support. The sergeant had two children, ages ten and 12. "They will not take this journey alone," Acevedo said at a news conference Friday morning.
Counseling and chaplain services are available to all officers and the family, Acevedo said. He said what he calls a psychological autopsy will be performed on the sergeant, to try to figure out what went wrong.
"We owe it to the family and one another to make sure we have a clear understanding of what led to this day. Was it emotional issues involving work? Was it emotional issues involving something else?" Acevedo said. "We want to make sure we do everything we can to keep our folks emotionally healthy."
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