Quincy: Police officer found dead of gunshot wound in cemetery

Authorities say there is no sign of foul play in the death of a Quincy police officer found dead of a gunshot wound in a Quincy cemetery Thursday morning.

41-year-old Quincy Police Officer Edward Ryan was found by a cemetery worker at the Pine Hill Cemetery in West Quincy at around 7 a.m. Thursday. Quincy and State Police were called to the scene.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s office was brought in to investigate, and spokesman David Traub says they found no sign of foul play. Traub says that only the State Medical Examiner’s office officially declares a cause of death, such as suicide. Traub says that right now preliminary information from  State Medical Examiner’s Office named the apparent cause of death as a single gunshot wound, with no additional indications of trauma to the body.

District Attorney Morrissey released a statement Thursday saying:

“Our thoughts and our sympathies are with the entire Ryan family now. This is a terrible loss for the City of Quincy and for the Ryan family, several of whom have dedicated their lives to careers in law enforcement. We are very sorry for your loss.”

Ryan was a detective in the Quincy Police Department’s Drug Unit, and had been with the department for about 15 years.

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