Death of Chicago police officer at Lake View police station ruled suicide: autopsy

The death of a Chicago police officer at a police station in Lake View Monday has been ruled a suicide, according to an autopsy.

James Daly, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

He was found dead shortly before 3 a.m. at the 19th District station in the 800 block of West Addison Street, according to Chicago police.

Officer Daly was a 21-year-veteran of the department, according to police Supt. David Brown, who said he was heartbroken to learn of the officer’s death.

"His loss is deeply felt by me and his many colleagues with whom he worked for many years," Brown said in a statement Monday."Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends who are now grieving over this unimaginable loss. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

In July, newly promoted CPD Deputy Chief Dion Boyd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Homan Square facility on the West Side.

A 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Justice found Chicago’s suicide rate among officers was 60% higher than the national average.

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