State trooper who was under investigation commits suicide at Devens hotel

A state trooper who had been relieved of duty because he was being investigated for a crime committed suicide Monday afternoon at a hotel in Devens, State Police said.

The trooper had allegedly committed a crime early Sunday while on duty. An investigation was initiated Sunday. Once the investigation began, the trooper’s use-of-force equipment, including his service firearm, were confiscated, and he was relieved of duty, State Police said in a statement.

On Monday, the trooper told two people he intended to harm himself. Those people contacted State Police, who searched for the trooper and found him dead of self-inflicted wounds in the Hilton Garden Inn in Devens.

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The 40-year-old trooper had been on the force since June 2005. His name and duty assignment are not being released at this time, State Police said. Neither were any other details of the incident, including the type of crime the trooper allegedly committed.

Devens is a former Army installation that is being redeveloped by the state that includes parts of the towns of Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley.