Hero Down: NYPD Sergeant Linhong Li Found Dead Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

New York Police Department Sergeant Linhong Lee served his department for seven years.

Queens, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Linhong Li died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old sergeant’s wife found him suffering from a gunshot wound inside their Fresh Meadows residence at approximately 9:30 p.m., the New York Daily News reported.

“Out of nowhere, maybe 30 cops stopped by,” the couple’s neighbor, Fabio Acquista, told the New York Post. “Then I just heard them shouting, ‘Bring him to the bus!’ The ambulance was just pulling up and they brought him inside [it].”

Acquista estimated that first responders tried to resuscitate the sergeant for 15 or 20 minutes.

“You could see them pumping his chest,” the neighbor recalled. “I saw the wife. She was screaming at the door.”

Sgt. Li was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the New York Daily News reported.

He was the 10th NYPD officer to die by suicide this year.

“Tragically, we have lost another NYPD member to suicide,” New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill tweeted on Wednesday. “We’re taking great steps to end this mental-health crisis, and we vow to always keep fighting. Please take care of yourselves and regularly check up on your colleagues and loved ones. #StopSuicide.”

According to police sources, Sgt. Li had been in contact with the department’s Early Intervention Unit sometime prior to his death, the New York Post reported.

Sgt. Li, a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, graduated at the very top of his NYPD academy class, Newsday reported.

The seven-year veteran-of-the-force was assigned to the NYPD’s 24th Precinct in upper Manhattan at the time of his death, according to the New York Post.

“Officer Li will be remembered as a dedicated public servant and his passing is a great loss for the Borough of Queens and New York City, New York Assemblyman David Weprin said in a statement. “Our police officers face multiple stresses and traumas on the job each day while protecting us and I urge our officers to seek assistance when necessary and take advantage of the NYPD’s mental health services.”

“My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and family at this difficult time,” Weprin said.

Sgt. Li will be laid to rest on Oct. 24, according to the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Sergeant Linhong Li, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

"Probationary Police Officer Linhong Li received the First Deputy Commissioner’s Award for highest academic average. He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps including a tour in Iraq, and was a member of the NYPD Police Cadet Corps."

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

His Blood, USMC and LE families know better than than anyone this mans tall standing milestones in national and public service. The nature of his departure deserves gravity, but his life was more than the door he exited through. His grieving family and colleagues will scrutinise the hows and whys. The rest of us can respectfully and solemnly reserve personal judgement of his motives, remember the virtue of compassion, and consider our own stride. Thank you Sir.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

sad to see a vet go out like this. but he joined the NYPD, so some of the onus is on him.

tfort
tfort

There is something really wrong at NYPD.

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LEO0301
LEO0301

First of all, policing is a very negative occupation. People don't invite you to their home for a cup of coffee and a normal conversation. No, they call you when something bad has occurred and they want you, the police officer, to figure out how to solve a problem. Those problems range from an easy fix to ones that require the officer to use deadly force. This applies to police departments like the NYPD to a small town agency. So, to compensate for all that negativity, it's imperative that the officer feel wanted by the public but more importantly the department they work for. I've worked for police chiefs who would throw an officer under the bus without hesitation to my first chief who loved his officers and was a father figure to many of us. The NYPD is run by those more concerned about their own political future than the officers that work for them. That needs to change or this won't be the last officer to take his own life.

61mouse
61mouse

Ya the.mayor and police commissioner

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

"it's imperative that the officer feel wanted by the public."

A good way to achieve this would be to stop acting like budget commandos.

LEO0301
LEO0301

What is a budget commando? Are you smoking that ganja again?

tfort
tfort

Wanted by the public? No job is “wanted” by the public. It’s a job, not an appreciation parade.

The Chief is not your friend, he is your boss. He has different priorities, responsibilities and knowledge than you have.

Why do you assume he killed himself because he didn’t feel liked? Maybe he has a guilty conscience, drug problems, marriage problems, never should have been a cop problem.....

Let’s all just hug each other and stop this suicide nonsense.

tfort
tfort

No, unstable cops.

LEO0301
LEO0301

There have been numerous studies conducted by people who actually know what they're talking about that say exactly what I am. Job appreciation from employers is what most people listed as the number one thing they want when they come to work. It only makes sense that people don't want to be treated like shit from their boss. Prove me wrong, tfart.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Imagine if Paul Blart Mall Cop was a soldier, but couldn't hack it so joined a police force.

That's a budget commando.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

My paying of their salaries is a good enough appreciation. If you have mental issues, see a therapist.

Asher21
Asher21

Perfectly said my brother.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Police departments have many ex military working for them. Now, if you want to discuss not being able to hack it look at the high number of soldiers who commit suicide. Do you expect people to appreciate them? After all, it's just a job, right?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Military members are also away from family for months/years at a time, in places they don't call home. That alone makes me show more sympathy toward military, aside from my affiliation.

If you're against the military, just say it. You're already hinting at it. Though I feel coming from you, it's more envy than anything.

tfort
tfort

It sounds like you need a hug. I would like read the studies and who did them - probably some lonely cop.

tfort
tfort

By the way, NYPD provides help for troubled officers. He should have used the free service.

61mouse
61mouse

How do you know he DIDNT ???

LEO0301
LEO0301

It says in the article he did, tfart. Here, let me help you out since reading comprehension isn't your strong suit. It says "According to police sources, Sgt. Li had been in contact with the department’s Early Intervention Unit sometime prior to his death, the New York Post reported."

LEO0301
LEO0301

The studies weren't about law enforcement but work in general, tard.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I have nothing but respect for members of the military, just not you. My father fought in WW11 and my brother was in the Army during Vietnam. You have no sympathy towards officers that commit suicide but most are exposed to violent situations more than the average soldier. Only 35% of all soldiers are actually in a war zone fighting. You should know this since you never did anything more dangerous in the military than bend over to pick up a bar of soap in the community showers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Like I said, there are numerous studies about what employees want from their employers. This is the first one I came to on Google.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I don't have a lot of respect for suicide period.

cspcapt
cspcapt

why so many from nypd?

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

@tfort Most certainly is and continues to be. 911 is quietly be reinvestigated and I'm thinking a look into what's going on in the NYPD should also be done. The whole thing does not say something is wrong it screams it.

61mouse
61mouse

One thing I don't understand yes I get they are hurting so much that they want to end their life. But would seem like they would.want to take care of the ones they are leaving behind as far as being able to collect life insurance and or pension . If they are killed in line of duty they would collect . But now that they off themselves not only do they leave their love ones with a hole in their hearts asking themselves why ??? But now on top of that they are in financially trouble.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

FBI time. This might have been work related.

lmr111702
lmr111702

Because the brass doesn't back their officers. They are just looking for ways to trip them up so they can satisfy the douchbag mayor with how many are disciplined, and out to take way their vacation days for stupid crap like forgetting to fill out a new form, which come out every day. The whole department needs reform! Keep this up, and no one will take the job.

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9

61mouse
61mouse

@Hi_estComnDenomn and tfort ....you 2 are a good reason we need a PURGE NIGHT

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

So sad to see more and more officers doing this!!!