Suicide By Cop


Suicide by Cop (SBC), also known as Police Assisted Suicide (PAS), is a method of ending one’s own life by intentionally provoking law enforcement officers to use lethal force against oneself. The individual contemplating SBC typically desires death but is unwilling or unable to carry out the act without involving law enforcement. By deliberately engaging in behavior that threatens the lives of police officers, the aim is to induce them to use deadly force in self-defense.

Reasons for Suicide By Cop


  • Mental Health Crisis: Individuals experiencing severe mental health disorders may feel trapped, overwhelmed, and devoid of hope. Suicide by Cop can be seen as a way to escape their distressing circumstances.
  • Avoidance of Personal Responsibility: In certain cases, individuals resort to Suicide by Cop to evade legal consequences or punishment for their actions by forcing the hand of law enforcement.
  • Desire for Notoriety: Some individuals have a strong desire for attention or recognition and believe that ending their life through such a dramatic event will bring them posthumous fame.
  • Emotional Numbness: Individuals suffering from emotional detachment or depersonalization may view Suicide by Cop as a way to reaffirm their reality or feel something amidst their numbness.
  • Copycat Behavior: Instances where a person becomes aware of previous SBC incidents through media or personal connections can lead to imitation or the belief that this method is a viable option.

Signs and Red Flags


  • Expressing Suicidal Intention: Frequently discussing or hinting at a desire to die, expressing feelings of hopelessness, or openly stating suicidal thoughts.
  • Provocative Behavior: Engaging in intentionally dangerous actions, displaying weapons, or exhibiting aggressive behavior to attract police attention.
  • Recklessness: Acting in a manner disregarding personal safety, engaging in high-risk activities, or showing a sudden lack of concern for consequences.
  • Withdrawal and Isolation: Withdrawing from social connections, feeling detached from loved ones, or displaying a loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.
  • Preoccupation with Police: Obsession or an abnormal fixation on law enforcement, frequent monitoring of police activities, or researching officer-involved shootings.

It is crucial to take all signs of distress and potential SBC intentions seriously. Early intervention, mental health support, and communication with law enforcement can help prevent these situations from escalating towards fatal outcomes.