NYPD district commander ‘shoots himself’ in Queens as fellow officers desperately hunted to find him
- Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney, in command of the Queens 107th district, reportedly shot himself in his police car
- Mullaney, 44, had called another police station officer to say he was having suicidal thoughts
- The official immediately called the NYPD technical assistance unit to try to locate Mullaney’s phone
- But by the time they could locate him, he’d already pulled the trigger
An NYPD district commander is said to have shot himself in his police vehicle in Queens on Monday, sources said.
Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney, who was in command of the Queens 107th district, had called another district officer to say he was thinking about committing suicide, a source told DailyMail.com.
The official immediately called the NYPD technical assistance unit to try to locate Mullaney’s phone.
But by the time they managed to locate him, he’d pulled the trigger, the source said.
Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney reportedly shot himself in his police vehicle in Queens on Monday, sources said
Mullaney, 44, was found dead by officers in his police vehicle just after 5:10 p.m. across from Kissena Park in Queens. New York Daily News
He was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Mullaney joined the NYPD in 2000 and was appointed Commander of the 107th Precinct in September 2020.
After acquiring the position, Mullaney said The Queens Chronicle about the importance of neighborhood communication and urged local residents to call the police if they need it.
“Whether it’s a wallet theft or someone who smokes weed, just give us a call and we’ll deal with it,” he said.
‘Our main goal is for everyone who lives in this district to go out, walk around and be unafraid and not a victim of crimes. Our goal is to make sure their safety comes first. ‘
Mullaney (left) on his first day as Commander of NYPD Transit District 20
Mullaney, who was in command of the Queens 107th district, had called another district officer to say he was thinking about committing suicide, a source told DailyMail.com (photo file)
Mallaney had previously served as Commander of NYPD Transit District 20 for four years.
He is believed to be the first police officer on active duty to commit suicide this year after an increase in police suicides in 2019 and 2020.
An unidentified NYPD police officer committed suicide in a Midtown police station in March 2020 using another officer’s gun to shoot herself after her own service weapon was taken from her by the department.
A month earlier, NYPD Detective Paul Federico, 53, committed suicide in his mother’s house in Queens after his gun was stripped.
In 2019, 10 NYPD officers took their own lives, prompting the department to launch a new suicide prevention program.
There were at least 228 suicides nationally in 2019 alone, according to Massachusetts-based nonprofit Blue HELP
If you are a member of the NYPD in a crisis or know someone who is, you can text “Blue” to 741741 for assistance.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for those in need, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. The number to call is 1-800-273-8255.