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NYPD officer commits suicide with 'gunshot to the head' and 'leaves note about relationship issues'

An off-duty NYPD officer killed herself with a bullet to the head in her Bronx apartment, authorities say. 

The 39-year-old officer, who worked in East Harlem's 23rd Precinct, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just before 2am, the NYPD confirmed to DailyMail.com. 

Sources said the officer was found by her girlfriend, a fellow cop in the same precinct, in the living room of the home they shared in the Throg's Neck neighborhood of the Bronx.  

The New York Post reported that the officer left behind a note that mentioned problems with her relationship.  

Neither the officer killed nor her partner were named.  

An off-duty NYPD officer was reportedly found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head early Sunday in the Bronx apartment she shared with her cop girlfriend. Both officers worked at East Harlem's 23rd Precinct (pictured), according to police sources 

The apparent suicide comes as New York City is rocked by protests over police brutality. Officers are seen patrolling the streets in Brooklyn on Saturday night 

The apparent suicide comes as New York City is rocked by protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a white Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck for over eight minutes last week.

Largely peaceful protests around the city on Saturday gave way to scattered clashes between police and protesters later in the evening. 

Demonstrators smashed shop windows, threw objects at officers, set police vehicles on fire and blocked roads. 

There were multiple complaints about police unnecessarily shoving or bludgeoning protesters and spraying crowds with chemicals.

New York City police said 345 people were arrested, 33 officers were injured and 27 police vehicles were damaged or destroyed by fire. There were no major injuries reported. 

Largely peaceful protests around the city on Saturday gave way to scattered clashes between police and protesters later in the evening 

New York City police said 345 people were arrested, 33 officers were injured and 27 police vehicles were damaged or destroyed by fire on Saturday

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said some peaceful demonstrations were 'hijacked' by people with violent intent.

'We're going to make sure that everyone has the right to peacefully protest and assemble,' Shea said said at a briefing with the mayor. 

'But we are not going to tolerate destruction of property, having our officers put into harm's way or any civilians put into harm's way.'

At his daily coronavirus briefing on Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the National Guard is on standby in New York City, Buffalo and Rochester, where hundreds of people gathered to help clean up damage from protests the night before.

'We expect additional protests tonight and we're preparing for such,' Cuomo said. 

The governor also said state Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into actions by NYPD officers and protesters will include any protests held throughout the weekend.

There were multiple complaints about police unnecessarily shoving or bludgeoning protesters and spraying crowds with chemicals 

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