Tragic Loss: Police Officer Found Dead in Apparent Suicide at Sarteneja Station

Tragic Loss: Police Officer Found Dead in Apparent Suicide at Sarteneja Station

It is not a standard practice for our newsroom to report on instances of suicides. In this case, however, it does highlight an issue facing our police force.  In the early hours of this morning, a police officer attached to the Corozal formation was found dead at the Sarteneja Police station with what has been dubbed as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Reports indicate that 27-year-old, Irvin Chan, was on duty at the Sarteneja Police Station when the incident occurred.  Chan reportedly, died instantly, leaving the rank and file of the police force to mourn his passing. While the circumstances leading to the officer’s tragic death remain uncertain, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams weighed in on Chan’s personality and the loss to the BPD.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “It’s a tragic incident for us. We are still grieving the loss of Mr.Ramirez and now we have another one on our hands. Our human resource is our most important resource and when we see our human resources being depleted in such a way it’s heart wrenching for us. None the less PC Chan was an outstanding officer, very quiet individual, we’re still trying to discern what led him to commit suicide. So at this time I don’t have much in terms of details but I would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family. He had almost four years with us as a police officer and as I said he was an outstanding police. I’m not gonna say he had an alcohol problem. Many people drink , that doesn’t mean they have alcohol issues. It is how much you drink. There are several information coming out but I don’t want to assume nothing I want to wait until the investigation is done and then we make a final determination from there.”

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