Earlier today at approximately 15:35 hours, Boston Police Operations received a 911 call from the Veteran’s Suicide Hotline after a man who was in distressed called. In the call to the Hotline, the man stated that he was going to shoot himself and take his own life. As Boston Police Officers responded from District E-13, they were alerted that Veteran’s Affairs Police Officers were already on the scene and had made contact with the man in a white Toyota pickup truck.
The man inside the vehicle has been identified to us by sources as a 31-year-old male veteran from the town of Hingham. For nearly two hours, officers from the VA Police negotiated and talked with the man, attempting to come to a peaceful resolution. That came to a head at approximately 17:20 hours when the man apparently shot himself.
According to a statement from the Boston VA, “an individual tragically died from wounds sustained after shooting himself in the parking lot at the VA Boston Healthcare System’s Jamaica Plain campus tonight.” The statement went on to say, “Our thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones during this terrible time of loss.”
Per the VA Statement, “Police responded to an individual in a vehicle threatening self-harm. VA staff made every effort to provide appropriate counseling and emergency care to the victim.” According to radio traffic at least two officers, most likely from the VA, were transported to the hospital, it is unclear why at this time. The Boston Police Crime Scene Response Unit and Detectives from E-13 also responded to the scene. At this time no further information is available.
Any Veteran in crisis or their loved ones is reminded that they can call the Veterans Crisis Hotline at 988 and press 1. Additionally, they can text 838255. These services are available 24/7 365 days a year. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call.