San Angelo, TX - San Angelo Police Sgt. Freddy Dietz Jr., age 53, died on Monday, November 6..
He was at San Angelo Police Department headquarters when he apparently committed suicide, according to the San Angelo Standard-Times.
Sgt. Dietz had served with the San Angelo Police Department since 1983.
His father, Freddy Dietz Sr., was also a San Angelo Police Officer, beginning his career in 1966 and retiring as a lieutenant in 1997 with 31 years of service.
Lt. Dietz confirmed his son's death and said that he was struggling to understand. He said that his son loved being a police officer, and had helped many people throughout his career.
"He started out when he was just 19-year-old," Lt. Dietz said. "I was real proud of him being a police officer. He did a lot of good."
In a press release, the San Angelo Police said:
"At approximately 10:41 a.m., San Angelo Police responded to a private office within Police Headquarters where they located the body of Sergeant Freddy Dietz Jr., who was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded to the scene and formally pronounced Sgt. Dietz deceased.
Texas Ranger Todd Reed of the Texas Department of Public Safety is assisting with the investigation.
Sgt. Dietz’s body will be transported to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. There is no further information available at this time.
The Department is asking the members of the community to keep the Dietz family and Police Department in your thoughts and prayers and to respect their privacy during this difficult time."
Sgt. Dietz had served as a DARE Officer for part of his career, a program which teaches kids about alcohol and drug abuse.
In 2016, he was seriously injured in a traffic crash, and underwent surgery for his injuries.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Angelo Police Sgt. Freddy Dietz Jr., both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.