Hero Down: Mobile PD Officer Justin Carmen Found Dead Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

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Mobile Police Department Officer Justin Carmen joined the department in 2018.

Mobile, AL – Mobile Police Department (MPD) Officer Justin Carmen died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday.

Mobile police officers discovered the 29-year-old officer’s body inside his vehicle in the predawn hours, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told reporters during a press conference later that morning.

“We are mourning the death of one of our brothers in blue today. Our law enforcement family has lost Officer Justin Carmen to a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the department said in a subsequent press release.

According to WALA, there was a heavy police presence in the 180-block of South Florida Street at approximately 7 a.m.

An MPD patrol vehicle was ultimately towed away from the area.

“The department is in mourning,” the Chief Battiste said during the press conference. “Right now, we’re just trying to make sure we do everything we can to make sure we can bring comfort to the family…and likewise, with our officers.”

The MPD has reached out to Officer Carmen’s mother, who lives in North Carolina.

The investigation into the officer’s death remains ongoing, Chief Battiste said.

Officer Carmen joined the MPD in March of 2018.

“He’s been an outstanding officer in the year and nine months that he served the Mobile Police Department,” the chief told reporters. “He’s carried out his patrol duties as professionally as he possibly can…He always had a smile on his face.”

Chief Battiste said that the young officer’s death is a “tremendous loss” to the MPD.

Chief Battiste said that more needs to be done to help remove the stigma that first responders often face when dealing with their own mental health and emotional struggles.

“Law enforcement officers are human – they feel. They hurt,” the chief added. “And, because they see so much, at some point they become numb and calloused to some of the hurt, and so they don’t know how to express it.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mobile Police Department Officer Justin Carmen, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (15)
Njaz
Njaz

Too..too sad. 😶 Condolences to all who loved him🇺🇸

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Sharonmk
Sharonmk

So young. So sad. Training should include dealing with Grief associated with the job.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

👹👹👹 He was just a Kid compared to my 68 yrs. SOCIETY IS CONTRIBUTING to the RAMPENT LOSS OF LIFE in the L.E.O. community by TOLERATING BLUE BASHING by Chicken shit politicians of all colors , both parties , from the supreme court to chicken shit mayor ted wheeler, portland oregon and MAFIA THUG governor ??? braun...Oregon.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, Officer Carmen. May God comfort your family, both blood and blue, especially this close to Christmas. Thank you for your service to your community, no matter how brief.

Stanracer
Stanracer

So sad. RIP Officer Carmen.☹

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

FBI

61mouse
61mouse

Another one on SCUMBAMMAS hands

Luscious775
Luscious775

Please, anyone anytime talk to those around u. Or even a stranger.YOU matter!

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

No words.

ElleD
ElleD

Death hurts a family, but suicide, when other than because of a terminal end of life choice, leaves scars that never go away. Please, if you are reading this and consider ending your life this way, think about the people that love you. We suffer forever and if you had only reached out, maybe one of us could have helped. We will never know, because you never tried. The pain you leave behind is ever bit as bad, or worse, than what you are going thru right now. And it affects every single person that loves you. Please, seek help.

Diwatson
Diwatson

It’s very difficult for a lot of officers to reach out for help because of the stigma attached to mental health. A lot feel it makes them less a man, a lot have a fear of losing their jobs and a lot go into such a deep depression their thinking is compromised and the only thing they can think of is ending their pain. It’s often very difficult asking for help. Perhaps it would be helpful if there were more debriefings where these things are talked about and officers are offered resources that may be available should they start feeling hopeless. In any case my heart goes out to his family ( mother ) and all his colleagues who are feeling the enormity of his passing. Your life mattered.😢💙👮🏼‍♀️

Schick56
Schick56

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Hi-estComonDeNomn
Hi-estComonDeNomn

Your life mattered


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