A POLICE officer has shot himself dead in the bathrooms of a family court in New York, it has been reported.
A colleague of the 50-year-old made the horrifying discovery after hearing a gunshot in the Manhattan family court building.
The dead officer had asked a fellow court officer to cover his post so he could take a break, walked into the bathroom and shot himself in the head, sources told the New York Post.
The incident happened inside the building at 60 Lafayette Street just after 3:10pm.
A female court officer heard the shot and called 911, sources said.
But the officer, who is one of three brothers, all of whom work as court office, died at the scene.
New York State Court Officers Association President Dennis Quirk described the cop from Statten Island as a “great officer” with more than 15 years on the job.
“It’s just a tragedy. The union delegate was with him this morning. No problem, he was happy as could be and went into the bathroom and did it.”
“The brothers are very close to him, and they are extremely upset.”
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