Police Officer Commits Suicide Following Quarrel With Wife
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) _ A policeman who allegedly fired a shot at his wife during a quarrel committed suicide as he accompanied a supervisor to headquarters for questioning, officials said.
Patrick Hynes, 30, a nine-year veteran of the Howard County police deparmtent, shot himself in the head with his own gun early Sunday, said Sgt. Angus Park, a police spokesman.
Park said Hynes had relinquished his department-issued revolver and that Hynes’ supervisor did not know that he was still carrying a handgun.
According to Park, Hynes and his wife quarrelled at their home and the officer allegedly fired a shot in her direction. She was not injured.
Hynes later met two supervisors at a shopping center, and was relieved of duty and asked to turn in his service revolver. Hynes then asked a supervisor if they could drive around and talk before going to headquarters, Park said.
Police said Hynes stopped his car near a wood, telling the supervisor he felt ill, and committed suicide after walking about 25 feet into the woods.