Crime Lab Editorial: The Quiet Crisis Within CPD: Officers Dying By Suicide
Chicago Tribune / September 18, 2019
By Editorial Board
Chicago police Officer Paul Escamilla liked corny jokes. He had three children, coached his son’s little league team and played golf. A former supervisor called him “the guy that everybody could work with.” He earned more than 120 awards in 17 years of service, most recently in Rogers Park.
Earlier this week, Escamilla died by suicide in a Northwest Side forest preserve. He was 40 years old. His was the fourth suicide by a Chicago police officer this year, and at least the eighth since July 2018.