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Saturday, March 11, 2017

[NYPD] Officer Michael Smith took his own life amid 2 breakups

From news articles: 22-year veteran New York Police Officer Michael Gerard Smith reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself on March 7, 2017 as his NYPD fellow police lieutenant girlfriend and her parents were in the next room of their apartment packing her bags to leave.

At the time he was 47 years old and was separated from his wife.
There's obviously more to this.

There at the scene officers lined up as his flag-covered body was carried out, followed by a procession of police vehicles escorting the ambulance away.
Articles used are herehere, and here.
Fellow officers lit candles outside the apartment building that night.
Smith had filed papers to retire.
He left a note.
"I love you more than you will ever know."
Peace goes out to everyone involved or effected by his life or death.

From Facebook comments:
...r.i.p. brother. *salutes. miss you, mike. thanks for your service. u was a great man. kind gentlemen. nice workin wit ya. *salutes. :-(...
...Heartbroken & sad :( Such a tragedy. Mike, you were always there, always wonderful & everyone loved you. You will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to all his family & friends and everyone at the 70th Pct. May he find eternal peace...
...Incredibly heartbroken about this. Mike was a great NYPD ambassador to our community, and personified Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect in every way. He'll be missed...
...I worked with Mike for many years and was so incredibly sad to hear the news today. He was a great representative of the 7 0. His professionalism and compassionate manner with everyone particularly the Pakistani community when he was their liaison was tremendous. As the Community Affairs officer he was dedicated and always available. Rest In Peace Mike. You will be missed by all...
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