Lower Merion cop committs suicide in S. Philly park

Posted: February 13, 2013

A LOWER MERION cop who left his house Sunday night after arguing with his wife killed himself at a South Philadelphia park Monday morning with a gunshot to the head, city police said.

When Officer Sean Quinn, 46, did not show up for work as scheduled, police Superintendent Michael McGrath issued an alert to all area police departments "out of an abundance of caution," a news release said.

Lower Merion Township's public-information officer, Thomas Walsh, said that after the argument between Quinn and his wife, the officer left and did not return.

He was last seen about 5:30 a.m. in Ardmore and last had contact with his family about 6:30 a.m.

Quinn's 2012 gray Ford Focus was found at FDR Park, at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, about 10:50 a.m. He was found inside the vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to reports.

"He was just a very well-liked and a well-respected officer," Walsh said. "His fellow officers are trying to absorb this."

According to his LinkedIn profile, Quinn had 25 years' experience in law enforcement and was nearing retirement. He was working on building an online comparison-shopping business.

In a statement, McGrath said: "The Lower Merion Police Department wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to Officer Quinn's family and friends and asks that they be kept in your thoughts and prayers as we all try to come to terms with this tragic event."

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