Police Sergeant Commits Suicide During Standoff

A Danbury (CT) police sergeant killed himself following a barricade situation at a hotel on Sunday.

Danbury police confirmed that the man who died was 38-year-old Danbury Sgt. Drew Carlson.

Just before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, state police said they responded to the Wyndham Hotel on Strongtown Road for the report of a guest of the hotel who threatened to harm himself.

Troopers attempted to negotiate with Carlson.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., troopers said Carlson was pronounced dead at the scene from a self-inflicted injury.

According to Honor Them, there have been 59 police suicides in 2017.


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  1. David Michael

    Somewhere around 2005, I was mired in depression and heavily medicating my self with alcohol. My befuddled mind determined that my best course of action was to go to a local motel, get drunk enough to have the courage to do it, and shoot myself in the head. I went to the motel, checked in and started drinking. At about midnight, the desk clerk called me and said there was a problem with my credit card, and asked me to go to the office. I looked out the window and could see a unit from the town PD at the end of the parking lot. I went out, put my gun and the bottle in the trunk of my car, and stood out in the open with my hands up. After frisking me, two NY State Troopers took me to the local ER. Since I’d been drinking, the ER nurse wanted them to cuff me before she would see me. They refused, and sat with me the entire time I was there until I was admitted to the psych ward. I ended up having my first course of ECT, but it took many years to rid myself of the demon of depression. I never learned the troopers’ names, but I’ll never forget their compassion and quiet concern. At the time I was a Lieutenant in the NYS Corrections Department, and we’re often not considered members of the law enforcement fraternity, but these troopers treated me as if I were family. It’s a shame Sgt.Carlson couldn’t allow himself to be cared for by his brothers and sisters in blue, as I was cared for so many years ago. There IS life after depression, and if you’re a LE Officer who is so deep in the blackness of depression that ending your life seems a reasonable way to end the pain, just know that there is help, and you can feel better. Please allow your family in blue to be there for you. Many of us feel your pain, but arrived on the other side of it stronger for the experience. You can too if you’ll only permit it.

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