A Police Commissioner with SRPJ (Service Régional de Police Judiciaire), Helric Fredou, was found dead in his office early Thursday. It is being reported that he took his own life with his service weapon.
Fredou was the 2nd highest ranking official in the department and was involved in the early investigations into the Charlie Hebdo massacre. French media claims that he interviewed one of the families of the victims and had yet to finish his report. A union representative has stated that Fredou was battling depression and experiencing burn out. He was 45.
France3 reports (translation via Google):
We learned this morning, a Limoges SRPJ Commissioner has committed suicide last night in his office with his service weapon. Information confirmed by his superiors. It is unknown at this time the reasons for his actions.
He would have killed himself that night to 1 hour.
Commissioner Helric Fredou aged 45 was from Limoges began his career in 1997 as a police officer at the regional office of the judicial police of Versailles, before returning to Limoges. He was deputy director of the regional police service since 2012.
According to the police union commissioner was depressed and experiencing burn out.
In November 2013, the Commissioner Fredou had discovered the lifeless body of his colleague, number 3 of SRPJ Limoges who had also committed suicide with his service weapon in his office.
The Fredou Commissioner, like all agents SRPJ worked yesterday on the case of the massacre at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo. In particular, he surveyed the family of one of the victims. He killed himself before completing its report…
(All emphasis is exactly as it appears in the Google translation.)
Apparently Fredou was following the example of a colleague who committed suicide just over a year prior.
My opinion is that the suicide of one of the lead Charlie Hebdo investigators should warrant a media mention, even in America.
What do you think?