A 14-year veteran of the New York Police Department apparently shot himself to death Monday after finishing his shift, becoming the fourth NYPD officer to commit suicide in less than a month, The New York Post reported Tuesday.
Matthew Schindler, 39, finished his shift in Queens, N.Y., and then shot himself under the chin off of the Long Island Expressway in Jericho around 4:30 p.m. ET, sources told The Post. The married father of three had texted his sergeant minutes before to tell him goodbye, The Post reported.
“He was one of the nicest people we ever met,” a family friend, Ryan Proce, told The Post. “He’s just an all-around great guy.”
Nassau County police said he died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to The New York Daily News.
Officers were called back to the 115th Precinct station, where flags flew at half-staff, reported The Post.
Just eight days ago, another longtime officer, Brian Saar, shot himself in his Suffolk County home after arguing with his wife at a party, sources said, reported The Post. The 20-year veteran was a father to 5-year-old twins.
And last month, a 28-year-old officer killed himself while on duty after receiving a call from his fiancee, who reportedly told him she called his precinct about the depression he was struggling with, The Post said. Terrence Dean shot himself in the head in front of his partner while on the scene of a car burglary in Queens.
Four days earlier, on Jan. 15, Patrick Werner, 23, shot himself in his parents' home in Yorktown Heights after getting into a car accident. Sources told The Post he had been arguing with his girlfriend on his cell phone at the time of the accident.
Counseling is available for troubled police officers through Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance, or POPPA, said The Post. According to the group's website, the network provides confidential help for officers and their families by preventing and reducing psychological issues, marital problems, and substance abuse, among other services.
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