Chicago police officers are mourning the loss of a female officer who took her life in the parking lot of 5th District South Side police station, WBBM-TV reported.
The 54-year-old officer died from a gunshot wound on Wednesday morning. Her death marks the third suicide in the department since July.
The officer, whose identity has not yet been released, was scheduled to report for duty when she was found dead inside her personal car.
What did the police superintendent say?
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement that suicide is a problem in the department.
“We all have our breaking points, a time of weakness where we feel as if there is no way out, no alternative,” Johnson said following the tragic news. “But it does not have to end that way. You are not alone. Death by suicide is a problem that we can eliminate together.”
Mental health professionals will be available to all members of the 5th District, Johnson said.
Who were the other officers?
On Sept. 3, Officer Steven Bechina, 47, killed himself inside his vehicle in the near West Side.
Two other officers died in July. Officer Vinita Williams, 47, who was also from the 5th District, was found dead inside her car July 10 but she died of a heart attack.
Two days earlier, Officer Brandon Krueger, 36, killed himself with his service weapon in the 5th District parking lot.