Former SFPD Assistant Chief Morris Tabak found dead of apparent suicide 

Former San Francisco Assistant Police Chief Morris Tabak reportedly died by suicide Wednesday evening outside a Sonoma County Sheriff's Office substation, a sheriff's lieutenant said Thursday morning.

The Sheriff's Office was notified at 7:45 p.m. that a despondent and potentially suicidal man had left his home in a green Dodge Durango, Lt. Bret Sackett said. Deputies from the Sonoma Valley substation in Boyes Hot Springs found the SUV about 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the substation, located at 810 Grove St., Sackett said.

Deputies found Tabak, a 59-year-old Sonoma Valley resident, dead of an apparent gunshot wound, Sackett said. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

"The death of retired former Assistant Chief Tabak is not being handled by SFPD, nor do we comment on such events," San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza told the SF Weekly. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."

Tabak retired from the Police Department in September 2010.

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