HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – 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.