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     I was alerted to this situation by a commenter under yesterday’s post. This is a tragedy and the police and all first responders are in shock. If I learn this officer’s name, I am not going to report it at this time. Hopefully, after the initial shock and pain subside, this can used to encourage people who are suicidal to get help.

—  I am very sorry to report that this has been confirmed as a suicide.


      I am sorry for all of those who knew the deceased. The police are being very careful not to name the officer who died or his cause of death – but the public has a right to know – and the below Facebook pages are open for the public to read. The chief needs to issue a statement.
     From Lancaster City Police Officer Michael Gerace:

     From his wife, Jennifer Gerace’s Facebook page:

     This is Karen Mansfield of the District Attorney’s office responding to retired city police officer Chris Depatto:



     Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser has updated his Facebook profile picture per the above as have a number of Lancaster City Police Officers. Someone on the force has died. The name and cause of death is not known at this time.



     The Lancaster Newspapers never reported on Judge David Ashworth’s final order on Friday regarding the city’s Complaint and Motion for a Temporary Injunction against landlord Dwain London Sr. It is below. What is the city doing about #5 and I will come back to the city’s huge lie during these proceedings later today.


  1. Ohwellist says:

    Regardless if it was suicide or not the public deserves to know. These officers continue to protect each other knowing they have mental issues. Not only that but their also throwned on the streets to work with the public. This needs to stop. The way civilians are treated because of them having mental issues is not right at all. Ok its fresh but the comment from M.G. is disgusting. They already planned to hide the death. Somethings terribly wrong with people who condone this and who allowed this. I would like to know the name and would like to know if any civilian was mistreated by allowing this officer to continue to stay on the force with an obvious mental disorder that everyone is not mentioning his name and is being excused. This is dangerous behavior smh

  2. Anon says:

    Police have a higher rate of suicide than the general pop and more cops die by their own hand than in the line of duty, acc. to a recent article in USA today. Most are afraid to seek mental health options for fear they will lose their jobs. Others, like Keith Sadler and Todd Graeff and Jose De LaTorre, for e.g., clearly need psychiatric therapy and/or medicine because of their documented uncontrollable anger and rage, but narcissists and other certain personality disordered people are least likely to admit they need help, and most likely to kill others instead of themselves. It is those with depression or PTSD – very real side effects for beat cops – who are most treatable. There was another LCPD suicide in 2008. My condolences to the family of this latest casualty of the stigma attached to seeking therapy.

  3. jojo says:

    I understand and appreciate discretion and confidentiality and, yes, privacy issues and concerns, but these very things breed speculation and more speculation…and speculation isn’t always good! Seldom, in fact. So I guess I’m saying “best if we’re just told who and what.” And, hey, guess what? I’m speculating, too! Just can’t help myself! Somehow or other tragedy seems to bring out the worst in us. Seriously though, kind thoughts and prayerful thoughts go out to this family in this sad time.

    • Becky says:

      I agree and the name and manner of death will have to be released. I have been to some “friends” and people I know Facebook pages and they are deeply in shock. I am letting it go for today.

  4. huh? says:

    It will be very interesting to see how the newspaper covers this sad story.

    I remember well when the reporter defended his reporting that two of the unsolved murders were women who were prostitutes.

    And how they made the very first paragraph all about Mr. Christian’s arrest and time served and defended that.

    The newspaper has reported nothing so far.