CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer found dead in a North Side police station died of an apparent suicide, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The officer was reportedly found with a gunshot wound in a locker room of the 19th District police station in the 800 block of West Addison Street about 2:45 a.m.
The Chicago Police Department disclosed the officer’s name was James Daly, a veteran of the department for 21 years. A casket draped in the Chicago flag arrived at the Cook County Medicial Examiner’s Office Monday morning. The fallen officer was saluted by dozens of fellow Chicago police officers.
Superintendent David Brown released the following statement in regards to his death:
“I was heartbroken upon learning of the passing of Officer James Daly. He was a respected and dedicated 21-year veteran, and a friend to many in the Chicago Police Department. Today, I mourn alongside everyone in the Department. His loss is deeply felt by me and his many colleagues with whom he worked for many years. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends who are now grieving over this unimaginable loss. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”CPD Supt. David Brown
Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke of the officer’s death during a press conference Monday morning, saying, “Our heart breaks as a city for that person, for the family and certainly for the members of the department.
“We need to make sure that we destigmatize depression and trauma.”
Lightfoot says that Daly’s death is a reminder to the entire city to reach out to those who might be struggling.
“The sad reality is that trauma and depression are with us all the time and unfortunately that has been exacerbated through the pandemic,” she said.
Daly’s death comes just months after a high-ranking Chicago police official, Dion Boyd, was found shot to death by suicide in his office in the Homan Square police facility.