A 52-year-old police sergeant is believed to have killed himself on Thursday morning because of grief over the death of his daughter.
Ma Chung-wah, who worked with the anti-triad squad of the North Lantau Division, was found by his wife lying unconscious on the toilet floor at their flat in Kwai Chung at around 5 a.m., with a pistol next to him, news website hk01.com reports.
Police officers and paramedics who arrived at the scene confirmed he had already died, apparently from a gunshot wound to the head, and said there was no need to send him to hospital.
He left a note to his wife and younger daughter saying he chose to end his life because he could not stand the pain brought by the death of his elder daughter.
Ma’s elder daughter died in 2008 at the age of 23, and this had apparently troubled the police officer over the past eight years as the note said he very much wanted to see her again.
Ma’s colleagues told Apple Daily that he had been with the police force for 34 years with only three years left to retirement, adding that they had not noticed any strange behavior from him before he died.
The crime unit of the New Territories South Police District was assigned to handle the case.
This is the fourth incident involving suicide by a police officer this year, the most in three years. At least 21 incidents of the kind has occurred since 2007.
Wong Yao-wing, a committee member of the Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, a volunteer group providing counselling services to people in distress, said his organization rarely receives calls for help from policemen.
That suggests that they tend to keep their problems to themselves because of the nature of their job, Wong said.
But he stressed that one’s profession should not hinder anyone from seeking help from social workers or family members.
EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).
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