Hero Down: NYPD Dep. Chief Steven Silks Kills Self Just Before Forced Retirement

New York Police Department Deputy Chief Steven Silks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Wednesday.

Queens, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Patrol Borough Queens North Deputy Chief Steven Silks died by suicide on Wednesday.

Chief Silks was just weeks shy of his 63rd birthday – which was the day he would have also faced mandatory retirement from the NYPD, the New York Daily News reported.

“His family lives out of state. He’s not married,” one of his fellow officers said. “He absolutely lived for the NYPD… He was aged out. He’s the kind of guy who would have served until he died of natural causes.”

Chief Silks, a 39-year veteran-of-the-force, submitted his mandatory retirement papers at the NYPD pension office on Tuesday.

His 39-year career was scheduled to come to a close on July 9, according to the New York Post.

On Wednesday, he drove his unmarked patrol vehicle to a quiet section of Burns Street near the 112th Precinct station where he worked, and shot himself in the head, the New York Daily News reported.

A security guard for a nearby tennis club found Chief Silks inside the vehicle with a gun beside him at approximately 6:45 p.m.

He was not in uniform, and responding officers did not immediately recognize the high-ranking NYPD officer.

Chief Silks was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“I am speechless," Captains Endowment Association President Roy Richter told the New York Daily News. “Steve was an incredibly dedicated and great guy. He was great at what he does. This is a terrible loss.”

He was heavily involved with both department and community events, Richter said.

“He was part of the fabric of just about every major police event over the last couple of decades,” he explained.

Chief Silks was also an avid outdoorsman.

“He ran a 3:09 New York Marathon at one point in his life and reached the summit of Mount Everest,” Richter told the New York Daily News. “He coordinated the U.S. Open on a regular basis.”

During his nearly four decades of service with the NYPD, Chief Silks spent several years as the department’s firing range commander and commanded two Bronx precincts.

He was also second-in-command at the police academy, Patrol Borough Queens South, the Patrol Services Bureau, and Patrol Borough Brooklyn North at various points throughout his career.

“He’s a reliable guy, he’s very friendly. He was a good friend,” Richter said. “How do you describe a good friend? He was always someone you could rely on when you needed support.”

Police sources said the longtime lawman had expressed sadness that his mandatory retirement was drawing near, according to the New York Daily News.

“He loved what he did,” one of Chief Silks’ fellow officers told the New York Post. “He was admired and loved by everybody. It’s heartbreaking.”

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino said that Chief Silks was “one of the nicest human beings I ever met."

“He had such enthusiasm for the job and for life itself which makes this difficult to understand,” Palladino said.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Patrol Borough Queens North Deputy Chief Steven Silks, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

How sad. Rest in peace, Chief Silks. May God be with your family, both blood and blue. Thank you for many years of dedicated service to your community.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Maybe "sad" is slowly growing older as the body and mind fail you. Maybe "sad" is sitting in a lonely apartment missing the only thing you loved. Maybe, just maybe "awesome" is living a great life the way you saw it and then going out quickly on your own terms. No wife and kids to live with your decision. Hard to see the down side here if it's what he wanted. . .

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I stopped reading these types of stories because I don't understand that level of Depression and it hits hard on my heart. This was a cops cop, which is another way of saying a brother in blue or friend. It seemed he lived life to the fullest and had his dream job. It's a shame too.

One thing though, I wish BLM would stop including the mechanism these community heroes use to complete things like this. I, for one, don't want to know even though it's obvious some time.

RIP and God Speed to you Deputy Chief Stven Silks.

LynnSB
LynnSB

So Very Sad that he would choose to end his Life & Distinguished Career in this Horrific manner ~ Thank you for you Many Many Years of Service -- Angels Speed to you Rest in Peace

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Corruption

RET MSG JH
RET MSG JH

I personally have never met the man and I do not believe it was suicide. He had to many years in the NYPD and investigating lord knows how many scandals. Someone didn't want him retiring with all of that knowledge and perhaps releasing it to the public or writing a book naming names.

DKFBI200th
DKFBI200th

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Chief Silks at the 200th Session of the FBI Academy. I was a Captain at the Scottsdale Police Department in Arizona at the time (Retired 2001). Simply put, Steve was an absolute blast during our time there. He and several others from NYPD gave us a 24-hour whirlwind tour of New York City that I will never forget. He was an outstanding athlete and could run like a deer. I did, however, have the opportunity one day after class to play basketball with Steve and several others. Needless to say...Basketball wasn't his thing and he had the ugliest hook shot I had ever seen. Thus, the nickname "Hook" was bestowed upon him and when I called over the years, I would say "Hook! It's DK from Arizona and he would laugh hysterically, knowing full well why I always said Hook! Steve, you have left us to be with God and I hope you are at peace. My heart hurts today.. Godspeed Chief "Hook" Silks. Your friend, DK Fighting 200th FBI Academy Class.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

There must be allowances to remain a couple more years, if one is in good physical condition as he was & checks out healthy. Look at how many tragically take their lives at much younger ages & leave wives & children behind! Surely, someone like Chief Silks, could be kept on longer. Even if it’s in a lesser physical capacity.
This is just a damn shame.

DSmith2018
DSmith2018

You can’t just strip a man of everything he is and force him him into a pasture he’s never been without some type of consequence. Did he plan on his next chapter in life, maybe volunteering in the field that was his whole identity and he loved? So sad...

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wouldn't assume this was suicide. Hope it is investigated by FBI, just to make sure.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Twitter tying his death with 2 others..republican senators murdered.cabal..deep state..hill clinton..being blamed. All 3 supposedly on weiner case n saw laptop..more to b revealed..when the truth is told.sorta like seth rich case.Female has gag order.

Dixiedamit2
Dixiedamit2

🙏💜🙏👣👣👣