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High-ranking officer commits suicide

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 1:19 pm | Updated: 12:36 pm, Thu Jun 13, 2019.

NYPD Deputy Chief Steven Silks, the executive officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, fatally shot himself on Wednesday night on Burns Street near 69th Avenue in Forest Hills, according to reports.

Silks was facing the mandatory retirement age of 63 and the Daily News said he had submitted retirement papers at the NYPD pension office on Tuesday.

He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst where he was pronounced dead.

“He was a mentor to me,” Capt. Jonathan Cermeli, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, told the Chronicle. “He was a friend. He was just a great person who dedicated his life to this police department ... this was his world. This was his life.”

Silks was honored in late April for his nearly 39 years on the force. NYPD Queens North tweeted, “Chief Silks exemplifies community policing and has worked to foster positive relationships.”

A viewing will be held on June 10 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Schwartz Brothers-Jeffer Memorial Chapels at 114-03 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.

The service will be on June 11 at 10 a.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills located at 71-11 112 St.

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