A Chicago police officer died early Monday in the Town Hall police station on the North Side of an apparent suicide, police Supt. David Brown told officers in a memo.
Officer James Daly was a 21-year veteran of the department, according to Brown, who said he was “heartbroken.”
“Our job is not easy, especially during these trying times,” Brown said. “The ripple effect of this tragedy will be felt by many for a long time to come. I ask you to check in with each other and keep each other close as we cope with this grief together.”
He reminded officers of the peer support available through the department’s licensed therapists and chaplains ministry.
Daly was found dead of a gunshot wound at 2:52 a.m. in the men’s locker room of the police station at 850 W. Addison St., a police source said.
Last year, a police supervisor shot himself to death in the Homan Square police facility on the West Side. Deputy Chief Dion Boyd was found dead of a gunshot wound July 28.
Suicides are a major concern in the Chicago police department. The department’s suicide rate in 2017 was 60% higher than the nationwide average for police, according to the U.S. Justice Department.