A police officer has taken his own life at Cockburn police station this morning.
Commissioner Chris Dawson revealed the tragic news this afternoon after speaking to the man’s family and alerting officers state-wide.
An inquiry has been launched into Const. Darren Igglesden’s death and police will prepare a report for the State Coroner.
It is believed the 50-year-old shot himself with his service-issued pistol after starting work at 6am.
His body was found by his colleagues.
Const. Igglesden joined the force about six years ago at age 44.
Mr Dawson described the officer as a “well liked, well respected, very popular member of the police force”.
“Darren’s death has come as a complete shock to his family, his friends and indeed the entire police force,” he said.
“We will support all through this tragic time.”
The police station was put in lock-down after the incident and staff based at the station were sent home.
The police chaplain is supporting the man’s family and colleagues.
Mr Dawson extended his condolences to the officer’s family, his colleagues at Cockburn police station and all who knew him.
The Cockburn station has been temporarily closed and those needing help should visit the Fremantle or Mandurah police stations or call 131 444.
The tragic news comes just two months after a senior detective told an inquest into the suicide of a policeman that some officers are reluctant to speak to police-employed psychologists because they fear it could destroy their career.
Detective Sergeant Scott Andrew Blanchard was in a supervisory role with the then Gang Crime Squad and was travelling in convoy with other officers to a police operation surrounding the Gypsy Joker’s national run in Kalgoorlie in July 2015, when he died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound to his chest.
An inquest into Det Sgt Blanchard’s death heard in August that the 45-year-old father-of-three had pulled over on the Great Eastern Highway, about 4km from Kalgoorlie, for a comfort break when his colleagues heard a gunshot.
The inquest was launched to help “raise awareness of the efforts being made by WA Police to provide health and welfare support to its members and families.”
Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.