A recently promoted police officer in Chicago was found dead at a police station on Tuesday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, a 30-year veteran, received the promotion as less than two weeks ago. He was found dead in Homan Square in the department in the western part of the city.
“I am extremely pleased to share with you today the loss of a respected member of our team to suicide,” said Chicago police. This was stated by David Brown from the police headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. “We are shocked, saddened by the loss, and it is deeply felt by me and many colleagues and friends with whom Deputy Chief Dion Boyd has worked and mentored throughout his career.”;
Boyd, 57, has been appointed deputy chief of criminal networks, which focuses on gang and drug investigations, according to the Chicago Tribune. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Boyd’s body was taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in a long procession.
Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot expressed condolences on Twitter.
“We are really losing our words because of the death of Deputy Chief of Criminal Networks Dion Boyd, who died last night,” she wrote.
In his Twitter tweet, Lightfoot reminded city police that “we want you to know that you deserve help and healing, and that no one needs to fight alone.”
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If his death is a suicide, Boyd would be the 10th Chicago police officer to die of suicide two years later. A 2017 review by the Department of Justice found that the suicide rate was 60 percent higher than the national average.
Sources who recently met with Boyd say he was unhappy, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. However, those who knew him said he was fighting the death of one of his officers, who was shot dead in 2018.