Hero Down: Joliet Police Officer Daniel Rupp Fatally Shoots Himself

Joliet Police Officer Daniel Rupp fatally shot himself.

Lemont, IL Joliet Police Officer Daniel Rupp died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sep. 4.

According to the medical examiners office and forest preserve police, Officer Rupp, 33, was pronounced dead at the Cook County Forest Preserve Sag Valley Equestrian parking lot at approximately 3 p.m., The Herald-News reported.

His body was discovered inside his personal vehicle, and a handgun was found nearby.

Officer Rupp was off-duty at the time of his death.

An autopsy determined Officer Rupp was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a suicide, the Joliet Patch reported.

"It is with deep sadness that I announce the untimely death of officer Daniel Rupp," the Joliet Police Department said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family."

According to Joliet Interim Police Chief Al Roechner, Officer Rupp had been with the department for nearly 12 years.

This is the worst kind of thing you want to go through as a chief an officer passing, Chief Roechner told The Herald-News.

Officer Rupps friends and family described him as a beloved husband and devoted father who enjoyed traveling the world and taking care of his family, according to his obituary.

Dan will forever be remembered as a witty, kind, intelligent, genuine person. He enjoyed travel and with equal measure enjoyed cooking delicious food for his family, his obituary read.

Officer Rupp leaves behind his wife, Melissa, and their young daughter, Delilah.

He was the most caring and tender husband and father. We will forever cherish his memory, his obituary read. Daniel will be greatly missed by his family, friends and fellow officers.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Joliet Police Officer Daniel Rupp, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. Well hold the line from here.

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burgerallday
burgerallday

RIP

Whutsup
Whutsup

It is terrible to read these but it is even worse to accept their suicide when it causes so much pain for those left wondering. The lack of full disclosure is even worse, they leave notes in the vast majority.

cspcapt
cspcapt

This is sooooooooooo sad to hear.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This is the worst thing a family and a department can go through. People do not understand Officers are human too. They just as many problems as everybody else. The difference is if an officer shows weakness they want to fire that person or classify them as crazy. Officers need help with everything just like normal people. They see the worst of the worst. We have to stop COP Suicide!!

LynnSB
LynnSB

So Very Sad to read this.... Rest In Peace Officer Rupp - Your Life Mattered !