Lompoc, CA.--The Lompoc Police Department is in mourning after the sudden loss of Officer Miguel Grijalva, a Marine and three year veteran of the department. Investigators attribute the passing to an apparent suicide.
The Lompoc police department released the following statement:
It is with profound regret that the Lompoc Police Department informs the community that one of our police officers, Miguel Grijalva, died early Tuesday morning.
Officer Grijalva, a three-year Lompoc Police Department veteran, was off-duty and outside of Lompoc city limits when he died. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is handling the death investigation case, and the preliminary investigation indicates that the death was a suicide.
The Lompoc Police Department asks the community to keep Miguel and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Our Lompoc Police Department employees are devastated by this news and are grieving, as well. Prior to joining the Lompoc Police Department, Miguel served in the United States Marine Corps.
Lompoc police Chief Pat Walsh is grateful to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office which has taken over patrol functions in Lompoc for today and tonight so that Lompoc police staff can spend time with family and friends as they grieve their loss. In addition, counseling is available for police staff.
The Lompoc Police Department urges anyone considering suicide, or who knows anyone who might be contemplating suicide, to seek help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at: 1-800-273-8255.
The CDC reports a ratio of around 12 suicides per 100,000 in the general public. According to Badge of Life, a company that has worked tirelessly to track law enforcement suicides, the rate for an officer is around 18.1 per 100,000, a 52% increase. Military veterans also have a 21% increase in suicide.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Grijalva family both blood and blue. Semper fidelis, brother. We've got the watch from here.
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