Police Chief AJ Perez on Tuesday issued a second statement following the death of Police Officer Thomas Lattanzio that officials are treating as a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
We are devastated by the loss of officer Tommy Lattanzio–we are grieving as a family with support from our friends and our community.
We can’t comment on details related to yesterday’s incident, that is under investigation.
Officer Lattanzio was on administrative status at the time of his death. As a general rule, officers surrender their badge, service weapon and ID when they are placed on administrative status.
Policing is a highly stressful job, and nationally it has been shown to have higher rates of PTSD and suicide. This is a challenging time and place to be a police officer. At the end of the day our officers are tough, dedicated and well trained, but we are also human beings.
We are doing everything to be there for our Bridgeport Police family–We are providing Peer support teams from this department, neighboring departments and outside resources. Teams from the police departments of New Haven, Norwalk, Newtown, and Stamford came voluntarily to help our officers yesterday and remain available. We are very grateful for their support.
We also have a comprehensive employee assistance program that provides ongoing mental health check-ins and services for our department.
Our entire leadership team has been clear with all of our officers: talk to someone if you are having trouble coping with anything. DO NOT BOTTLE THIS UP. We are here for you.