CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - Authorities have not ruled on the cause of death of a Chicago Police officer who was found unconscious while on duty at the Calumet District police station Tuesday morning.
The officer, identified as 47-year-old Vinita Williams, was found unconscious about 4:15 a.m. at the station, 727 E. 111th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. It was not immediately clear what caused her to fall unconscious.
Williams was taken to Trinity Hospital, where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later, authorities said.
An autopsy Wednesday did not immediately rule on the cause and manner of her death pending further investigation, the medical examiner’s office said.
The death came two days after another officer, 36-year-old Brandon Krueger, fatally shot himself inside a squad car in the parking lot of the same station.
In a tweet posted Tuesday morning, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said it was “a very hard day” for the department and expressed “deepest condolences to all.”
“Coping with the loss of a department member is never easy; our thoughts and prayers are with all our members and family affected by these losses,” the Chicago Police Department wrote in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
Members of the department’s Chaplains Unit and Employee Assistance Program will be available to officers and other co-workers who knew the deceased officers, police said.