Archive for Police

Police negotiator took his own life on Christmas Eve — (The Shropshire Star)
SSRI Ed note: Recently promoted, "hard working & enthusiastic" policeman on antidepressants drinks, write suicide note and hangs himself. PTSD blamed.
My Husband’s Suicide: Recognizing Predictors of Police Suicide — (In Public Safety)
SSRI Ed note: Wife of retired police officer who took medication for anxiety, stress which "made things worse", led to suicide, urges others to get "help" too.
Roger Self was a prominent businessman who had a background in law enforcement — (The Gaston Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Devout christian/model citizen on antidepressant has personality change, drives car into restaurant family dinner, kills 2, injures 4. Mental illness blamed.
Mountie admits hitting, burning son, tells court “I am living with the devil.”— (Metro News)
SSRI Ed note: Mountie on antidepressants charged with child abuse for multiple offenses. Clear suicidality, lack of judgement, lack of empathy.
N.J. cop killed in crash had booze, drugs in system — (NY Daily News)
Police confirm body found in creek is former Dallas assistant chief — (WFAA Dallas County News)
Mental illness in suspects poses challenge for police — (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Retired police officer Bill Dowling shot himself after shooting ex, inquest heard — (Western Daily Press)
David Rathband inquest: Shot PC’s affair with 7/7 survivor ‘ended marriage’
Police officer, 49, who suffered from depression after he was kidnapped and pistol-whipped, stabbed himself to death on his second week of retirement — (Daily Mail Online)
NYPD officers’ suicides a sad lesson for new mayor, police commissioner — (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Ex-police inspector took lethal cocktail — (The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
Judge orders officer accused in road rage incidents to be released from jail — (
SSRI Ed note: Police Officer prescribed Paxil to treat depression after serious fall becomes aggressive and assaults several motorists.
PCSO Who Crashed Car After Mixing Wine With Anti-Depressants Lied About Who Was Driving — (Daily Mail)
RESPECTED OFFICER HAD FOUGHT DEPRESSION FOR YEARS; Coroner rules on tragedy — (The Free Library)
Troopers open fire after driver rams cruiser at Dunkin' Donuts — (
Doctor disputes suicide theory in missing police officer case; Policeman Mick Isles Unlikely To Have Committed Suicide: Doctor — (Sydney Morning Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Police Officer prescribed antidepressants for anxiety disappears, suicide pretty certain despite removal of original cause for anxiety.
Jury rejects 'Zoloft' defense, finds ex-detective guilty of rape — (Los Angeles Times)
‘Pariah’ police chief took own life, rules coroner — (The Independent)
SSRI Ed note: Disgraced Deputy Chief Constable takes antidepressants to deal with stress of harassment investigation, hangs himself.
Should Police Officers in Treatment Be Stripped Of Their Weapons & Assigned to Desk Duty? — (Dr. X’s Free Associations)
Jury convicts ex-Miami Beach cop of attempted murder — (Miami Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Man who shoots wife who is leaving him, and her boyfriend, pleads insanity. Experts at trial disagree whether medication a factor in his behaviour.
Drugs ‘likely’ caused crash — (The Durango Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants drives recklessly, causes a fatal crash, killing self and other motorists; perhaps accident, perhaps suicide.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JON R. HUGHES — (United States Court of Appeals)
Cause of death: Unknown — (Columbia Daily Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Police Officer is prescribed fluoxetine, becomes paranoid, attempts suicide, later succeeds on 2nd try. Her mum suspects partner, not drug.
KTLA SPECIAL REPORT: Fmr. Cop Accused Of Rape Blames Anti-Depressant Medication — (KTLA)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Zoloft, neurontin drinks, kidnaps & rapes woman, has no recollection of events, is charged, drug defence rejected, dies by suicide. Wife realizes truth.
Policemen Becomes Violent
Chief Sims ordeal continues — (Richmond Daily News)
Decorated Officers lonely battle over costs heads to bankruptcy—(The Sydney Morning Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Police officer on antidepressants attempts suicide, leaves note which is read as threat, results in serious financial problems.
Family weighs lawsuit in death—(Reporter News)
Woman owes life to internet sleuths—(NJ.COM)
SSRI Ed note: Woman taking antidepressants announces suicide plan on internet, police track her down and rescue her.
Top cop breaks down in tears after admitting spitting beer at partner at school quiz night—(Comet 24)
Duluth wants Fulton cop’s suit over shooting dismissed — (
SSRI Ed note: Policeman with "spotless" record takes 2 SSRIs, drinks, flags down female motorist , attacks her and gets into shootout with other officers. Everyone shocked.
Suspect in deadly Texas shooting spree is ex-UHP trooper — (The Salt Lake Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Respected State Trooper, "ideal husband/father" seeks help for depression, personality changes, he drinks, is suicidal, steals, shoots people on freeeway.
Former policeman attacked his ex — (BBC News)
SSRI Ed note: Police sergeant takes antidepressants, drinks, assaults former lover, loses job, is charged.
Police officer ransacks WPC’s flat after failed love affair — (The Telegraph)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman taking antidepressants becomes aggressive, hostile, threatenes suicide, trashes girlfriend's flat.
Camilla’s bodyguard shot himself after his wife left him, inquest hears — (The Daily Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman takes antidepressants, marriage breaks down, wife moves out, he dies by shooting himself.
Fired officer’s alleged drug use, poker acquaintances at issue — (The Joplin Globe)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman on methadone, Zoloft, Lunesta (eszopiclone) uses bad judgement, associates with sketchy people, involved in gambling, possible theft/fraud. Fired.
Ex-FBI Official Gets Six Years. 19-Year Veteran Tortured Girlfriend — (The Washington Post)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Celexa, Klonopin stops taking meds, drinks, thinks girlfriend unfaithful, traps, tortures her. Out of character behaviour. Gets 6 years.
Ex-Falmouth cop, retired on disability, arrested twice — (Cape Cod Media Group)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman on antidepressants goes on disability, leaves job, stops taking meds, assaults wife, becomes "short-fused", assaults wife, is charged.
Former school director sentenced for setting fire — (The Times-Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Man stops antidepressants, sets his house on fire, in sentencing him, court requires that he stay on prescribed medication.
Verdict For Ex-Officer Held Off Until October — (The Times Record)
SSRI Ed note: Police officer on antidepressants takes "up-skirt" photos of female employee, is charged with harassment.
Former police officer dead in his car — (The Halifax Courier)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman on antidepressants is suicidal, attempts suicide more than once, finally succeeds with overdose.
Rockport officer indicted for alleged assault on wife — (The Gloucester Times)
SSRI Ed note: Police officer on Ambien, Celexa and a benzodiazapine assaults his wife, holds a gun to her head during an argument, is charged and suspended.
Officer faces jail for taking three hostages at gunpoint — (The Canadian Press)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman in Paxil withdrawal takes hostages at gunpoint, makes threats, is charged and convicted.
Police chief urging retirements to free up space for new officers — (The Connecticut Post)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman takes Paxil for depression, gets into standoff in his home, finally commits suicide.
Former Sheriff’s office staffer to serve 30 days for theft — (
SSRI Ed note: Man in withdrawal from antidepressants caught stealing equipment fro school, forced to resign job, serves 30 days in jail.
Armed with handgun, former county police officer barricades himself in Laurel home — (The Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants threatens suicide, barricades himself in house with weapons and aunt, standoff with police, finally surrenders.
Ex-officer kills himself in jail cell — (Deseret Morning News)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman on antidepressant withdrawal shoots at ex-wfe and new boyfriend, kills him. Loses certification. Locked up, he commits suicide in prison.
Lawyer: Eaton sheriff’s sergeant wasn’t well — (Battle Creek Enquirer)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman going through a divorce takes antidepressants, files a false report about a shooting causing wasted time and effort by department.
Prozac: Generic version is target of lawsuit — (Indy Star)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman on fluoxetine hears voices, shoots and kills himself, widow files lawsuit.