Philadelphia’s Openly Homosexual Deputy Sheriff Shoots Himself Dead at His Desk Just One Day After Attending a Pride Event

Philadelphia’s deputy sheriff, who was openly gay, died by apparent suicide on Friday as the city’s Pride celebrations got underway.

Dante Austin, 27, who had been named the office’s LGBTQ community liaison officer in 2017, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in his office, CBS Philly reported.

Austin, an Army veteran who was working in the Civil Enforcement Unit, was scheduled to be promoted to sergeant on July 1.

He was widely praised as being ‘brave and compassionate’, having dedicated his short life to public office.

Austin was scheduled to be promoted to sergeant on July 1.  Confirmation on the details of his death have yet to be confirmed by the medical examiner’s office.

News of his death has left the city reeling and comes as this year’s Pride Day takes place there on Sunday.

In a statement, Sheriff Jewell Williams said Dante worked tirelessly to help society’s most marginalized citizens and to secure safety and protection for the most vulnerable.

He added: ‘Dante’s legacy is one of boldness, bravery, compassion, and an unfailing commitment to a kinder and more just world for all.

‘As we move forward in mourning and honoring our friend and colleague, may we cherish and celebrate the ways he changed us, improved our city, and protected and saved lives.

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Source: Daily Mail