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AFP officer tasked with stopping terrorists on flights shoots himself with a service gun

A federal policeman has shot himself dead with his service gun in a hotel room.

The officer from Melbourne took his own life on Tuesday night while on a work trip in Canberra.

His body was found by a colleague.

The man was an air security officer whose job was to respond to terrorist threats and hijack attempts at airports and on planes. 

He is the fifth AFP officer to have shot himself with a work gun since February 2017 when officer Sue Jones shot herself in the bathroom at the Melbourne headquarters. 

A friend, who also is an AFP officer, told he was a ‘really good guy’ and ‘seemed OK’ last week. 

The officer said the AFP was having a mental health crisis and more needed to be done to help. 

‘In all my 20 years of policing, I have never felt so deflated by an organisation,’ he said. 

An AFP spokesman told Daily Mail Australia: ‘The AFP can confirm that a member of the AFP appears to have taken his own life. 

‘A brief is now being prepared for the ACT Coroner.

‘The AFP is providing support to the member’s family and colleagues.’

The man has not been named at his family’s request.  

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