Prosecutors: Off-duty officer killed self just before crash

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Authorities say a New Jersey police officer initially thought to have been killed in a car crash died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Mercer County prosecutors say 44-year-old Hamilton Township officer Tom White was off-duty Monday when his SUV struck the back of a van in Hamilton.

White died at the scene. The van driver wasn't injured.

White spent nearly eight years on the Hamilton force, most recently as a middle school officer. He also served on the Hamilton Police Athletic League's board of directors.

White and another officer were recognized for rescuing two people during a fatal house fire in January 2011.

The crash came three days after another collision in Woolwich Township that killed an off-duty officer and injured his wife and three children.