A Chicago firefighter who was involved in an altercation that led to a fatal police shooting in Mt. Greenwood in November 2016 committed suicide on June 6, according to authorities.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Ryne Kinsella, 28, resided on the 11100 block of South Christiana Avenue in Mt. Greenwood. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) Office of News Affairs said Kinsella was pronounced dead at his home, and the medical examiner’s office said he died of a gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.
According to Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Spokesperson Larry Langford, Kinsella was with the CFD for about two years; according to police scanner information on social media, he was formerly with the CPD.
In November 2016, Kinsella was involved in an incident that led to the shooting death of Joshua Beal, a black man from Indianapolis who was killed by police officers on 111th Street and near Troy Avenue.
Kinsella reportedly told detectives he was attacked by a group of black people after he told them to stop blocking access to a fire station on the 3100 block of West 111th Street.
A physical altercation ensued, and Kinsella reportedly suffered bruises and scratches to his face, as well as a swollen nose.
Two police officers became involved, one of them pointing his gun at a group of people in the middle of the street.
Beal displayed a gun and was shot by the two officers, according to the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).
Media photos showed Kinsella performing CPR on Beal.
In the days after Beal’s death, Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Blue Lives Matters protesters in Mt. Greenwood, with hundreds of people gathering near 111th and Kedzie Avenue, about a block west of the incident.
The Beal family filed a lawsuit against the two police officers that claimed Beal was legally carrying a gun and didn’t know one of the men was a police officer.
Kinsella was not named in the suit or any of the information released by IPRA.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.