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Officer found dead in suspected suicide

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A police officer in North Dakota was found dead following what officials believe to be an act of suicide.

Minot Police Master Officer Patrick Blanchard, 37, was found unresponsive and later found dead from what has been reported to be a “self-inflicted wound.”

The Minot Police requested the assistance of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, and it was members of the county agency that ultimately found Blanchard.

The incident is being investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Prior to working with MPD, Blanchard had served in the United States Army.

On Facebook, the Minot Police Department stated that Blanchard, who is survived by his two children, joined the MPD in 2017.

“Many days can be difficult for our officers and members of the Minot Police Department. This is one of those days. We ask for thoughts for Officer Blanchard’s family and many friends,” the agency wrote.

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