An experienced New Jersey police officer who had newly become a father killed himself after crashing his SUV into two parked cars.
Roselle Park police patrolman Edward Nortrup, 39, shot himself inside his SUV in Matawan on Sunday while firefighters were arranging to get him out of the crash.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news conference that Nortrup was riding on Broad Street at around noon when he seemed to have lost control of his SUV and smashed into the parked cars.
As the first reactors on the scene left Nortrup’s cars to get tools required to free him, the lawyer said the officer got a clutch of a gun and shot himself in the head.
At this moment, it is unclear to reveal what might have prompted the man to commit suicide.
Tributes To The Officer
The Roselle Park Police Department issued a report on its social media on Monday, mourning Nortrup’s early death.
According to the information on an online funding page created by the Roselle Park Police Benevolent Association, where Nortrup worked as executive board member and treasurer, the officer died while leaving behind his wife and their 15-month-old daughter, Evelyn.
‘For those lucky enough to have recognized or worked with Officer Northrup will remember him fondly as a kindhearted, compassionate, and generous person,’ according to the reports.
All the funds from the online funding page will go to Nortrup’s baby girl.