An on-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot himself Monday afternoon on the Near West Side.
According to Chicago police; 47-year-old officer, Steven Bechina, was found unresponsive inside his vehicle in the first block of North Desplaines.
He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead, police said.
Bechina was a sergeant in the Chicago Police Department’s Mass Transit Unit, police said.
Devastating news as an on duty #ChicagoPolice officer has taken his own life this evening. The supervisor in our mass transit section was discovered unresponsive by fellow officers. Our hearts are heavy and deepest condolences are with his family and fellow officers tonight. pic.twitter.com/of1Mz8UmdE
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) September 3, 2018
Chicago police recommend when someone, including an officer, is contemplating suicide is a national suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).