Staten Island, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Terrance “Mac” McAvoy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his New Dorp home on Saturday.
Sgt. McAvoy was assigned to the Brooklyn Transit unit, but had served most of his eight-year career in the NYPD in the 72nd Precinct before his promotion to sergeant.
The 30-year-old sergeant was found dead inside his home on July 27 with a gun near his body, the New York Daily News reported.
Friends said that when Sgt. McAvoy did not report to work, some fellow officers went to his home to check on him and found him deceased.
“For those who did not know him, Sergeant McAvoy was a highly respected veteran of the NYPD, working in the 72nd precinct before being promoted to SGT in Brooklyn Transit. He had made and assisted on hundreds of arrests and had made an impact on making New York City a safer place for all of us,” a friend who worked with the sergeant wrote on Facebook.
“He loved being a Police Officer; it was his dream job from an early age. A 'walking patrol guide', he was an inexorable beacon of knowledge and professionalism. He was more than just a cop, however; a deeply spiritual and intellectual person, Terrance was a once-in-a-lifetime friend,” the post continued.
“Anyone who knew him will tell you he was the happiest person they knew. There were no bad days with Terrance, and to be around him was to laugh until your abdominal muscles hurt and your cheeks were sore. A deeply patriotic American, Terrance embodied what it means to be proud of one's country,” the friend wrote. “Above all else, Terrance cared immensely about his family and friends, having been the best man at three weddings and the godfather to three children. The world is a shade darker without him.”
Visitation for Sgt. McAvoy will be held on July 31 and Aug. 1 at Harmon Funeral Home on Forest Avenue in Staten Island. The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 2 at Blessed Sacrament, followed by a burial immediately after at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Sgt. McAvoy was the fifth NYPD officer to die by his own hand in the past two months, bringing the department’s total number of officer suicides in 2019 to seven.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Sergeant Terrance McAvoy, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.