The NYPD is mourning the loss of one of their own as 22-year-old Colin Rossiter was identified as the off-duty officer who passed away in an apparent suicide at his Staten Island home early Thursday morning. Keep reading this article to learn more about Colin Rossiter, how he died, what his cause of death was, and much more.
Who was Colin Rossiter?
A tragic incident occurred involving a young police officer who was hired by the NYPD in October 2021. The officer, who worked midnight shifts in the 60th Precinct, was found dead by his retired NYPD sergeant father. The officer had only been on the job for just over a year. In November 2022, the officer was involved in a shooting incident in Coney Island where Jermaine Hickson, 42, was shot. It is unclear whether this incident is related to the officer’s death. Currently, the police lines around his home in Staten Island say “do not cross the tape,” indicating that the investigation is ongoing. The loss of a young life is always tragic, and our thoughts are with the officer’s family and colleagues during this difficult time.
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How did Colin Rossiter die? What was his cause of death?
The incident occurred when Rossiter shot himself in the head around 1:50 a.m. on March 3, 2023. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after. The department has confirmed that the incident is being investigated as a suicide, as a gun was found next to him, and the officer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This tragic event has left many in shock, especially since Rossiter was a young officer who had been on the job for just over a year, having been hired by the NYPD in October 2021.
The investigation into the circumstances leading up to this incident is ongoing, and the department has extended its condolences to Rossiter’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. The loss of a young officer is a devastating reminder of the need to prioritize mental health and wellness within the law enforcement community.
Obituary and Funeral Arrangements
The family of Colin Rossiter will be releasing his obituary and funeral arrangements. Colin’s death has left many in shock, especially those who knew him and worked alongside him in the NYPD. The department has expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Colin during this difficult time. The community is mourning the loss of such a young officer who had only been on the job for just over a year.