District struggles to come to terms with officer's suicide


By Trymaine Lee, Staff writer
 
Copyright 2005 The Times-Picayune Publishing Company

It's not the way a cop is supposed to die. Not by his own gun. Not when those who look up to him need him most. But with a pistol pressed to his head, 7th District officer Lawrence Celestine squeezed the trigger, as another officer, a relative, stood by helplessly.

Celestine had soldiered through Hurricane Katrina's immediate aftermath, but never made it to see the weekend.

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