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Fla. Officer Dies of Apparent Suicide Hours after Colleague’s Killing

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The death of an off-duty veteran Hollywood police lieutenant happened outside the Broward Mall in Plantation shortly after a fellow officer was fatally shot in the line of duty.

October 19, 2021 – By Brett Clarkson – Source South Florida Sun-Sentinel

An off-duty Hollywood police officer apparently took his own life in the parking lot of a shopping mall early Monday, according to reports.

The officer died outside the Broward Mall in Plantation within hours of the death of another Hollywood officer, Yandy Chirino, 28, who was shot and killed in the line of duty, reported WPLG-Ch. 10 and WSVN-Ch. 7 reported.


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Dispatchers got a call at about 3 a.m. Monday about a man who had been lying on the ground near a Dodge Charger for about 30 minutes, WSVN reported. Emergency crews arrived, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Ch. 7, the officer was a lieutenant who had been with Hollywood police for two decades.

“It has been an extremely sad day for the Hollywood Police Department,” said a statement by the Hollywood Police Department. “One of our officers who was off duty, unexpectedly passed away. Plantation Police is handling the death investigation. No other information will be given at this time.”

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