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CHICAGO (WLS) — Another Chicago police officer has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, marking the department’s third suicide in just weeks.

The video shown is from a previous report.

“Chicago Police Department mourns the loss of the off-duty sergeant who succumbed to his injuries today,” the CPD said in a statement Sunday.

The officer was initially reported in serious condition on Saturday after attempting suicide.

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The incident happened a day after another CPD officer was found dead by suicide in his home, and weeks after another, she committed suicide.

“We ask the city to extend its arms to the loved ones of this sergeant as they mourn his loss. Please also take a moment to pray for the men and women of CPD, who are grieving with this sergeant’s family,” he added. the department to it.

The identity of the third agent has not yet been released.

“It’s very heartbreaking to know that an agent was under so much stress, so depressed that they felt the only way out was to take their lives,” said Jamay Nellum-Fane, a former CPD officer.

After serving 16 years with the Chicago Police Department, and just retiring in April, Nellum-Fane said the emotional stress of being a police officer has become extreme.

“The days off are cancelled, and then we have to be real — the stress our officers face when answering calls — person with gun, person shot, household battery, child abuse, sexual assault,” she said.

She said the stress partially led to her retirement.

“I went through that dark period, facing depression, facing PTSD, facing post-traumatic stress. It was just too much. It was overbearing,” Nellum-Fane said.

“We can always better look after our brothers and sisters and pay attention to possible crisis moments where we can intervene,” said FOP chairman John Catanzara.

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Both the Fraternal Order of Police president and Nellum-Fane agree that more can be done.

“I think they should be more creative and maybe assign counselors, social workers, anyway, to real districts,” Nellum-Fane said.

In response to a tweet from the Chicago Police Department Sunday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot replied:

“Please know that we hear you and work tirelessly to ease the mental and physical burden of our police officers.”

If you are suicidal or concerned about someone you know, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. You can also text the Crisis Text Line by sending a message to TALK at 741741.

For more information, visit suicide preventionlifeline.org.

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