Deputy's suicide prompted Tooele school lockdowns, police say

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  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    It is very sad that this gentlemen chose to end his life. It does speak volumes about how messed up our society is when all of the schools in the area feel the need to close and divert their students over one singular person killing himself in his own house. I am sure all they knew was that there was some kind of situation, but these days our first response has to be to jump to the ultimately worst conclusion. Obviously the only person he was a threat to was himself in this case. My condolences go out to his family and children.

  • Colby27 Logan, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 9:11 a.m.


    As devastating as this is, the officer did NOT commit suicide at the school; the article said that he,"took his own life Tuesday morning in his home near Stansbury Park Elementary." I am pretty sure that the SWAT team, and whoever else locked-down the schools, paraded around saying that he took his life. Those who are responsible of the schools have a routine when practicing lock-downs; they don't make it a big deal.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    A tragedy for his family, but what a horrible thing to do at a school. There are bound to be a lot of kids traumatized by having this happen at their school.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Dec. 4, 2013 7:43 a.m.


    Another life lost,
    another family needlessly devastated.

    Somebody should have monitored his meds.

  • Beverly Eden, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    Police officer suicide rates are higher than the national average for the same age group. Officers are concerned about their safety on the street, but more police officers die from suicides than from on duty related deaths. It is a serious problem that law enforcement fails to look at. Over 365 police officer commit suicide every year in the United States. Less than 100 police officers are killed in the line of duty during the same time period. Attempts to prevent any law enforcement deaths should be supported. Recognizing that police officer suicides are occurring substantially more often than any other cause, police training in this area should be supported and funded. Stop worrying about the bad guys and look inside.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    What a huge tragedy. A young father takes his life, leaving a wife and six children and other family members devastated. This is perhaps even more tragic in the fact that it happens at a time of year where families celebrate Thanksgiving and the impending Christmas holiday.

    God bless this young family. Let us hope that they find comfort through the Holy Ghost performing one of his most important roles. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

  • MillcreekNative salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 12:32 a.m.