An off-duty NYPD officer has dedicated suicide on Long Island, turning into the fourth metropolis cop this month to take his personal life, police sources mentioned Thursday.
The Bronx cop, recognized by sources as 53-year-old Kevin Preiss, was discovered useless in his Nassau County residence from a gunshot wound to the pinnacle late Wednesday, police and neighbors mentioned. He was the sixth cop to die by their very own hand up to now this 12 months, officers mentioned.
Shocked neighbors mentioned Preiss was on the porch of his Hicksville residence when he shot himself about 10 p.m. Several kin had been inside the house at a household gathering when he took his personal life.
“It’s horrible that a person would be driven to that — not be able to get the help they need and feel so helpless,” said neighbor Ellen McGreevy. “I can’t imagine what drove him to that point.”
The married father of three spent practically all of his profession on patrol in the Bronx’s 50th Precinct, which covers Riverdale and surrounding neighborhoods. He was simply three days away from celebrating his 25th 12 months with the NYPD, sources mentioned.
On Wednesday, individuals had been nonetheless cleansing up Preiss’ blood, which stained the driveway of his residence.