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Officer Takes Own Life At Police HQ

Officer Takes Own Life At Police HQ

Associated Press

June 07, 2011

GROTON, CT – The doors to the City of Groton Police Department were draped in black bunting after a veteran officer was found dead in his office Monday.

“The officer found dead in the police department at about 8:30 this morning was Lt. Thomas Forbes,” police Chief Bruno Giulini said late Monday afternoon in a somber and succinct press conference, accompanied only by Mayor Marian Galbraith and department spokesman Lt. Robert Martin.

Giulini said Forbes’ body was taken to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington, where an autopsy today will determine the manner and cause of death. He offered no further comment.

Sources close to and within the department said Forbes, 53, a 30-year veteran, suffered a gunshot wound. A state police spokeswoman said there was no criminal aspect involved in Forbes’ death.

Mayor Galbraith, who was sworn in just a month ago, offered a brief statement.

“Today the City of Groton Police Department and indeed the entire City of Groton lost a valued and cherished member of our City family when Lieutenant Tom Forbes passed away,” she said. “Lt. Forbes was well known and respected in this community as an outstanding police officer and a wonderful man. Our hearts go out to his family as well as to all of his brothers and sisters on the city police force. He will hold a place of respect and honor in our hearts and memories.”

The officials took no questions from a small group of reporters and departed quietly from the auditorium in the Groton City Municipal Building, which houses both the city’s administrative offices and the police department.

Earlier in the day, state police blocked access to the police department. Several barriers stood at the entrance to the parking lot, and plainclothes officers manned the front entrance to the department. Among the few vehicles allowed in was a chaplain’s, who arrived at 10:15 a.m.

On the City Hall side of the building, business continued as usual. People paid bills and conducted routine business, apparently unaware of the death that had occurred hours earlier at the adjoining police department or that an investigation was ongoing.

Former mayor Dennis Popp called Forbes a dedicated officer who was proud to have graduated from the FBI Academy last year.

“My first reaction was shock,” Popp said. “I struggled to control my stomach and tears. I couldn’t control the tears.”

Popp remembered Forbes as a former union officer and a representative for the police department on the city’s retirement board. “Sure, we had times we disagreed, but we were always able to get past the words,” he said.

He also remembered Forbes as a good officer and a good man, one who dropped in on him on Popp’s last day as mayor just a month ago.

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    SpencerStangz

    almost 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    sad...tragic...missed this one somehow but God bless and comfort his family

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    revCCBeasley

    almost 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP, God be with the Family as they deal with a tragetic lost.

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    BeachAngel

    almost 3 years ago

    5656 Comments

    Rest in Peace Lieutenant Tom Forbes. Very sad, please reach out folks & talk to someone.. we will always be there for each other & will listen, help... My condolences to the family & department.

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    Jonas

    almost 3 years ago

    41226 Comments

    Rest In Peace Lieutenant Forbes.

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    LAHeat875

    almost 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    Very sad. How many of us would recognize the signs of an officer who is on the verge of suicide? As officers we do not think of fellow officers being at risk. But officers, like the rest of the community have similar problems and heartaches. Sometimes a simple act of intervention may save a life. RIP Officer!

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    ilegworldchamp

    almost 3 years ago

    8966 Comments

    God Speed my Brother .

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    dolphinblue

    almost 3 years ago

    42880 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    MarlyB

    almost 3 years ago

    4894 Comments

    I wish Lt. Forbes had gotten counseling with someone who would have helped him turn away from his decision to take his life. The comments here show Lt. Forbes' life is now a message to any man or womanl so besieged -

    Do not despair! Have faith! You are loved!

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 3 years ago

    10494 Comments

    Rest in peace, Lt. Forbes.

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    AKangel

    almost 3 years ago

    4950 Comments

    Rest in peace Lt. Thomas Forbes, Godspeed Sir

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    uncledennis1

    almost 3 years ago

    23138 Comments

    This is sad. R.I.P. Brother

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    VROB

    almost 3 years ago

    210 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    djs2v

    almost 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP brother

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    David4946

    almost 3 years ago

    1326 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother ...

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    Lighthouse23

    almost 3 years ago

    174 Comments

    What a sad loss. May God be with his department and town.

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