Epitome of Suicide by Cop

Just this past Sunday, January 5, 2015, a 32-year old man “arranged” his death at the hands of San Francisco police officers. It was “suicide by cop” as could be ascertained by a note left behind that was released by his father:

Officers shot Matthew Hoffman, 32, Sunday evening after he entered a restricted parking lot at a police station and brandished what appeared to be a handgun. It was actually an air gun, which fires small projectiles such as pellets or BBs.

San Francisco police made public a note titled “Dear Officer(s)” with the permission of Hoffman’s father, authorities said in a statement.

In the note, Hoffman, 32, said the officers “ended the life of a man who was too much of a coward to do it himself.”

“Please, don’t blame yourself. I used you. I took advantage of you,” Hoffman added.


Emotional scarring is two-sided: the victim’s family and loved ones, and the cops who were the “instrument” of the fatality:

Most police officers who are involved in suicide by cop incidents suffer emotional difficulties afterwards, and sometimes even suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.


PoliceOne.Com provides a Suicide by Cop topic page offers news, expert opinion, and advice for dealing with the possible aftermath of the unique type of officer-involved shooting that occurs when a suspect deliberately provokes an officer to shoot.”


See for instance, Helping a fellow cop after an SBC:



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