Police officer fired over woman’s suicide with officer’s gun

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A Chicago police sergeant has been fired from his job after a woman killed herself with the officer’s gun.

Sgt. Steven Lesner admitted, he left the gun unattended while off-duty at Catherine Weiland’s apartment in 2009; while Lesner was in the bathroom, Weiland used the gun to commit suicide.

Lesner was stripped of his police powers and given restricted duties for almost two years after the incident.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy recommended a two-month suspension for Lesner, but the police board overruled him and fired Lesner.