Wednesday, July 28, 2021

VIDEO: Chicago Police Deputy Chief Commits Suicide Two Weeks After Swearing In

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Deon Boyd (R) during promotion ceremony on July 15, 2020. (Chicago Police Dept)

*A 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department committed suicide on Tuesday just 13 days after being promoted to Deputy Chief of Criminal Networks. He was 57.

Deputy Chief Deon Boyd’s body was found at the Chicago Police Department’s Homen Square Detention Center,  the subject of journalistic investigations, federal lawsuits, and more recently, protests, according to CBS Chicago. The Chicago-Sun Times reported Boyd shot himself. According to WGN’s sources, they believe he killed himself Monday night and his secretary found him at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Reasons for Boyd’s suicide are not clear, but he reportedly struggled with the recent loss of one of his officers when he oversaw the Wentworth District, according to a website called Law Officer. In 2018, officer Samuel Jimenez was only on the force 18 months before being killed in a shootout with a man who went to Mercy Hosptial in Chicago and shot and killed his ex-fiance who was a doctor, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Boyd is survived by two grown sons, according to WGN.

Supt. David Brown announced the officer’s suicide at Chicago Police Department headquarters Tuesday, saying, “There’s really no way to convey or express the magnitude of this loss. We are shocked. And with the loss and is deeply felt by me, and the many colleagues and friends, with whom deputy Deputy Boyd worked and mentored throughout his career, many lives will be forever changed.”

Watch Supt. Brown’s full remarks below:

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