OSP Trooper Takes Own Life in Patrol Car

The Oregon State Police announced the loss of Sergeant Marcus McDowell, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Sergeant Marcus McDowell, who works out of the La Grande Patrol Office, was found deceased in his patrol car.

Sergeant McDowell was a seventeen-year veteran of this agency. OSP officials stated he was respected by all and especially those he has worked so closely with throughout the years. Trooper Marcus spent his career at OSP as a member of the Patrol Division, Fish and Wildlife Division, and as a K-9 handler working in the John Day and La Grande areas.

The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into his death. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the manner of death to be suicide. He was on duty at the time of his death.

Oregon State Police Superintendent Davie activated the Critical Incident Response Team to provide peer support to the members that have been impacted by this tragedy. The Oregon State Police thanks the members of the public and other public safety partners for their support during this difficult time.

Authorities remind the public that Law Enforcement Officers have some of the same struggles as everyone, and need help too. Mental Health is just as important as physical health in Law Enforcement.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, speak up, ask for help, reach out to professionals. There are many resources available to everyone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States- 1-800-273-8255. Crisis Text Line is a texting service for emotional crisis support. Text HELLO to 741741. It is free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Courtesy of OSP

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