Third Chicago Police Officer

An off-duty Chicago police officer was found dead in her home Tuesday morning, making her the third officer who has died within a week and the second to die by apparent suicide.

The 35-year-old officer who worked in the Central District was found unresponsive inside a residence in the Grand Central District, police spokesman Tom Ahern said. She worked for CPD for five years. She appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a death investigation was underway.

“Anytime we lose an officer it’s a stark reminder of the demands of the job and the sacrifices that are made by officers every day,” Ahern said. “The superintendent always underscores how important mental health is for officers. ... We always want to keep their families in our thoughts and prayers.”

Her death comes after a 45-year-old male officer was found unresponsive in a residence in the Jefferson Park District Mond

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