Staten Island, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Michael Caddy died by suicide on June 14.
The 29-year-old off-duty officer’s body was discovered inside a car on Wilcox Street near the 121st Precinct at approximately 3:45 p.m. by another off-duty officer, the New York Daily News reported.
He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Officer Caddy was in the midst of divorce proceedings at the time of his death, according to his attorney, Brian Perskin.
“He was getting divorced, so he wasn’t happy,” Perskin said. “He was pretty stressed out. But this is totally unexpected. I feel bad for the wife, and especially his father, who he was very close to.”
The attorney said that the divorce has been relatively “non-eventful,” and that Officer Caddy and his wife “wanted to do the right thing by each other.”
Officer Caddy, a six-year veteran-of-the-force, was assigned to the NYPD’s 121st Precinct, where he worked on domestic violence cases.
He also served as a youth instructor for the Too Good for Drugs program during his time with the department, Staten Island Live reported.
Officer Caddy leaves behind his wife and two children, as well as his parents, sister, niece, and nephews, according to his obituary.
“Above all, Michael found joy as a father,” his obituary read.
Approximately two dozen police vehicles and over 100 NYPD officers closed of a section of Dongan Hills during Officer Caddy’s funeral procession on Wednesday, Staten Island Live reported.
Officer Caddy’s death was the third NYPD suicide in a period of just nine days, according to Staten Island Live.
“Cops spend so much of their days assisting others...but before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Officer Michael Caddy, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.