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An off-duty New Jersey police officer and new father took his own life by shooting himself in the head after being involved in a serious crash over the weekend.
According to officials, Roselle Park police patrolman Edward Nortrup, 39, committed suicide inside his mangled SUV in Matawan on Sunday while firefighters were getting equipment from their vehicle to extract him.
Monmouth - County - Prosecutor - Office - Press
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office wrote in a press release that Nortrup was driving along Broad Street at around noon when he appeared to have lost control of his black Nissan SUV and careened into two parked cars.
His SUV then partially rolled over before coming to a stop, reported Patch.com.
Responders - Scene - Nortrup - Vehicle - Prosecutor
As first responders on the scene left Nortrup's vehicle to go get tools needed to free him, the prosecutor said the officer got a hold of a firearm and shot himself in the head.
It remains unclear at this time what might have driven the 13-year veteran and married father-of-one to commit suicide.
Roselle - Park - Police - Department
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