Police Psychology | Suicide by Criminal
by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D. ABPP
We have all heard of suicide by cop when a person takes a gun and points it toward a police officer hoping the officer shoots him. Very clearly diagnosed in most situations and multiple cases seem to occur each year. The suicidal person generally doesn’t have the ability to pull the trigger himself, but can put themselves in a position to die. So, he brings a police officer into the situation as a method of suicide.
Well last week, I became aware of a new method of suicide that I had never seen before, and I am afraid of it for police officers. You see there was this story about a female cop that told of an officer’s attempt to save her family by allowing herself to be killed, if necessary. In psychologist circles, that is called an altruistic suicide, because they are killing themselves to let others live better. But in this case, I call it “Suicide- By-Criminal.” (more…)