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Deputy Chicago police chief dies in apparent suicide just days after promotion

A high-ranking and recently promoted Chicago police officer reportedly died in an apparent suicide Tuesday morning.

Chicago Police Deputy Chief Dion Boyd was found by colleagues in his office at the department’s Homan Square facility on the city’s west side, CBS 2 Chicago reported.

The death of Boyd, 57, was described later Tuesday as a suicide, according to the outlet, citing Chicago Police Supt. David Brown.

“We are shocked, saddened at the loss, and it’s deeply felt by me and the many colleagues and friends with whom Deputy Chief Dion Boyd worked and mentored throughout his career,” Brown said.

Boyd, a father of two sons, had over 30 years on the force, according to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

He was promoted on July 15 to the rank of deputy chief of the department’s criminal networks group, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

“This devastating loss will not only be felt at every level of this Department, but in the countless communities and homes Deputy Chief Boyd touched during his decades-long service to our city,” Lightfoot tweeted Tuesday.

The mayor urged officers to reach out to the department for help if they are “suffering” or feel “they have nowhere to turn.”

(NEW YORK POST)

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