An NYPD officer killed himself in New York City on Sunday and his death is reported to be the third NYPD suicide in 2020.
Robert Catapano, a four-year veteran of the force, was found critically wounded in the Queens borough of the city just before 2 am, according to the New York Post.
Catapano, who was off-duty at the time of the shooting, was transported to a hospital but died hours later.
The cop’s friend told authorities that he was with Catapano and the officer’s girlfriend when the shooting took place.
The pal said Catapano and the girlfriend were fighting before his death early Sunday morning.
Catapano was an NYPD officer with 73rd Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn, as per the Post.
The police department did not immediately respond to The Sun’s request for comment.
His death marks the third suicide among the NYPD in the first six months of 2020.
In 2019, 27 NYPD officers had killed themselves, according to Blue Help, a nonprofit that tracks such data.
Throughout the United States, Blue Help said 228 current or former officers had committed suicide in 2019.
Last year, the NYPD called cop suicides an epidemic that prompted then-Commissioner James O’Neill to remind officers that mental health help is available for those who need it.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said in August 2019 – It’s extraordinarily painful.
We have lost officers in the past, but this concentration is devastating. We’re going to do everything conceivable to help officers and to stop this.
O’Neill last year called the officers’ deaths a mental health crisis.
Accepting help is never a sign of weakness in fact, it’s a sign of great strength.
Another cop suicide in Chicago, Illinois was reported in July.
The city’s police department said Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, a 57-year-old who was with the force for close to 30 years, killed himself.
Superintendent David Brown pleaded with officers to get help if they need it.
He said to always remember to take care of ourselves and each other.
There is no shame in reaching out for help. Please, officers, please, stay humble, stay human, stay safe, and stay well, Brown said.