A newly promoted Chicago police officer was found dead at a police station on Tuesday from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, a 30-year veteran, was promoted less than two weeks ago. He was found dead at a department on Homan Square on the west side of the city.
“I am very saddened to share with you today when a respected member of our leadership staff committed suicide,” Chicago police said. David Brown from police headquarters said Tuesday afternoon. “We are shocked, saddened by the loss. I feel deeply in me and in the many colleagues and friends that Deputy Chief Dion Boyd has worked with and supervised throughout his career. ”
Boyd, 57, has been promoted to deputy chief of criminal networks focusing on gang and drug investigations, the Chicago Tribune reported. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Boydo’s body was taken to the Cook County Medical Expert Cabinet during a long procession.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed her condolences on Twitter.
“We really lost our words about the death of Dion Boyd, deputy head of the Criminal Networks, last night,” she wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, Lightfoot reminded city police that “we want you to know you’re worthy of help and treatment, and no one needs to fight alone.”
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If his death were decided to commit suicide, Boyd would be the 10th Chicago police officer to die within two years of suicide. A 2017 review by the Department of Justice found that the suicide rate was 60 percent higher than the national average.
Sources who met Boyd recently said he was in the mood, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. But those who knew him said he was fighting the death of one of his officials, who was disarmed in 2018.