Death of Chicago Police Officer being Investigated as Suicide

(Fox) The death of an off-duty Chicago police officer who was found shot to death Saturday night on the Near West Side is being investigated as a suicide.

The incident happened at 9:33 p.m. in the 900 block of South Bell in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood, according to Chicago police. The officer, a 47-year-old woman who lived on that block, was pronounced dead at 9:55 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On Sunday morning, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that a preliminary investigation found the officer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Detectives have classified this as a death investigation as we investigate the circumstances leading up to the shooting & await confirmation & additional info from the medical examiner, Guglielmi said in the tweet.

An autopsy ruling on the officer’s cause and manner of death is scheduled for Sunday morning, the medical examiner’s office said.

Depending on the medical examiner’s ruling, the death could mark the second suicide of the year involving a Chicago police officer. Last year, four CPD officers took their own lives.

Police initially said the officer was killed in a “domestic-related incident” and that a man was in custody in connection with her death. Hours later, CPD spokesman Tom Ahern said that was no longer accurate.

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