Off-duty Chicago police detective dead in apparent suicide

A Chicago police detective was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday.

The detective, a 51-year-old woman, was found about 4:20 p.m. in Edgebrook

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi announced the death in a tweet Saturday evening.

“Everyday life can be daunting for anyone – especially police officers who selfessly [sic] dedicate their lives to safeguarding strangers, Guglielmi said. “Deepest condolences to her family & friends.”

The mayor said on Twitter: "Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a Chicago Police detective who passed away today from an apparent suicide. Superintendent Beck and I are working closely with health experts and advocacy organizations to ensure each one of our officers has every measure of support they need and deserve. To anyone who is in crisis or feels they have nowhere to turn, know that you are not alone. Help is always available. The National Suicide Prevention hotline is (800) 273-8255."

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there are places to get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255. You can also chat with them online at

Here are some common warning signs of suicide, as provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings