High-ranking Chicago officer dies, apparently shot himself

Clay Curtis
August 2, 2020

"There is really no way to convey the magnitude of this loss", Superintendent David Brown said at a press conference at which Boyd was commemorated, as cited by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Dion Boyd, who was promoted to the rank of deputy chief of criminal networks earlier this month, was found dead from a gunshot wound at the Homan Square police station on Chicago's West Side, according to the Chicago Tribune. Brown did not get into the specifics of what happened from there, but said the shooting occurred during the process of an arrest, and that the suspect was able to fire multiple shots at arresting officers.

That officer, a 16-year veteran, was shot under his chin and seriously injured, authorities said.

"I want to strongly emphasize the inherent danger that these and all Chicago police officers experience every day protecting the residents of Chicago", he said.

Prior to taking that role Boyd spent decades as a homicide detective and undercover narcotics officer, and served as the Area One commander on the South Side and commander of the Wentworth District. "A second officer was shot in his vest, but the round did not penetrate it; a third was shot in the hip".

Brown also pleaded with officers to "always keep in mind to take care of ourselves and each other". "When they leave home, they leave their loved ones and put these stars on and risk everything - they risk everything - protecting all of us". A 2017 review of the department by the Justice Department found its suicide rate was 60 percent higher than the national average.

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Boyd's death makes him the 10th Chicago police officer to die by suicide in two years. However, those who knew him said he struggled with the death of one of his officers who was gunned down in 2018.

Brown said the incident happened after officers had spotted a vehicle wanted in a downtown carjacking that happened on June 26, and arrested the suspect. He said officers identified the stolen vehicle on Thursday morning, followed it and then took the driver into custody.

In video provided by police sources, dozens of shots can be heard outside the station.

He soon went outside to see what was happening.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with six counts of attempted murder after reportedly shooting three Chicago police officers.

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