The officer was identified as Sgt. Lori Rice, a 21-year veteran of the police department who worked in the 12th District.
Rice was found at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of South Bell, just off Taylor Street, in a vehicle on Chicago’s West Side.
This is the second suicide this year involving a Chicago police officer. Last year, four CPD officers died of suicide.
Sunday morning, a procession followed as the officer’s body was taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
CASE UPDATE: Prelim investigation reveals possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. Detectives have classified this as a death investigation as we investigate the circumstances leading up to the shooting & await confirmation & additional info from the medical examiner.Tom Ahern@TomAhernCPD
An off-duty #ChicagoPolice Officer sustained a fatal gunshot wound Saturday evening in the 900 block of S. Bell. The circumstances surrounding this death investigation continues.
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