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His body was found in Wyoming, shot in head

Published: Tuesday, March 26 2013 9:50 p.m. MDT

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My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

We have to assume he was feeling the pain of fear and depression for some reason and if the wife can't explain his actions then it can only mean job related or secrets withheld and nowhere to vent anger and frustrations. Its against the law to get emotional and angry (normal mental stress relievers) and its stressing society to an explosion of events now plaguing this country in our schools, homes, jobs, and government.

I think they need to look way beyond the last 48 hours and look at his previous years and decades of repression. Two days are irrelevant to years or months of stresses and anxieties officers face 24 hours a day leading up to any suicide actions. Suicide is not something that just happens, its long term and months or years of secrets in the making that triggers the final act.

Beverly
Eden, UT

Police officer safety is a critical issue. From bullet proof vests to the hours of training that go into assuring police officers are safe while conducting police business. Securing their weapons to approaching vehicles in a safe manner are all part of the training. Less than 100 police officers are killed in the line of duty each year. With this information in mind, over 300 police officers commit suicide every year. This rate is higher than the norm for the same age and gender group. Very few police organization do anything to prevent police officer suicides. If police administrators turned their backs on the on-duty police officer safety issues, they would lose the confidence of police officers. Police administrators need to wake up and not turn their backs to the critical issue of police officer suicides. Remember, less than 100 officers are killed in the line of duty, and over 300 are killed by committing suicides. Police thinking is missing this critical need based on the values that police officers are strong - both physically and mentally. Often police officers are tested for their physical capabilities, but they are never tested on their mental strength.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

‘Wyoming detectives seek help in probe of Utah officer's suicide’

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Try starting with, "What if any, medications may he have been taking?"
If so, look at the FDA blackbox warning labels.

That usually answers it in about 75% of these sorts of cases.
This didn't need to happen.

My heart and prayers go out to him and his family.

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