NEW YORK — Deputy Chief Steven Silks was pronounced dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday evening, according to several reports.
Silks was off-duty and located near Burns Street and 69th Avenue in Queens.
The officer was found sitting in a car suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital by an NYPD car and was listed in critical condition — where he was later pronounced deceased.
Deputy Chief Steven Silks was pronounced dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday evening.
According to Breaking911.com, Silks handed in his retirement papers to the NYPD last night. He was scheduled to retire at the end of July after 38 years on the job. He reportedly had pleaded with uppper brass for a promotion to two-star chief for the past three years.
Deputy Chief Steven Silks of PBQN was honored and awarded tonight for his 39 years of dedicated service to the people of New York. Well deserved. Chief Silks exemplifies community policing and has worked to foster positive relationships. pic.twitter.com/81tq3S25hA
— NYPD Queens North (@NYPDQueensNorth) April 26, 2019
Chief Silks was Jewish and was proud of his heritage. The NYPD Chief Chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass is talking to the family. He was a great friend of the Jewish community.
Silks was not married and had no children.
He reportedly had pleaded with uppper brass for a promotion to two-star chief for the past three years.
Did he kill himself or was it a hit job?
Additional information will be published when it becomes available.
Rest in peace sir and thank you for your service.
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