Community mourns loss of Acting Deputy Chief of Waterbury Police

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deputy chief chris corbettWATERBURY - According to the  Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office, the official cause of death of Acting Deputy Chief Chris Corbett  is now listed as a gunshot wound to the head and is being declared a suicide.

Corbett was found dead of a gunshot wound in his parents' home Thursday morning.

Western District Major Crime Scene personnel were called around 11 a.m. by Waterbury Police to assist in the investigation.

"The Waterbury Police Department has experienced a tremendous loss. We are in shock. The pain and grief that we are experiencing is indescribable. Deputy Chief Chris Corbett was a consummate professional and he will be dearly missed," Chief Vernon Riddick, JR. said in a statement.

Corbett, 40, joined the police department in 1997 and was initially assigned to the Patrol Division. In 2003, he was reassigned to the Department’s Management Team which was responsible for researching and writing a 1000 page policy and procedure duty manual for the department. He became a sergeant in 2004, lieutenant in 2006 and captain in 2010. He served as commander of the detective bureau and attended the FBI National Academy. He has twice been awarded departmental commendations for Excellent Police Duty. police in waterbury

He was born and raised in Waterbury and graduated from Holy Cross High School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. In addition to his duties with the Waterbury Police Department, Deputy Chief Corbett served on the Holy Cross High School Board of Directors, the Waterbury Retirement Board, and was the Treasurer on the Police Activities League Board of Directors.