Charleston Cop Kills Himself

|| By FITSNEWS || A Charleston, S.C. police officer took his own life in the aftermath of a domestic disturbance early Thursday, multiple media outlets in the South Carolina Lowcountry are reporting. Sergeant George Hildebidle – a twelve-year veteran of the force – “decided to end his life his own…

|| By FITSNEWS || A Charleston, S.C. police officer took his own life in the aftermath of a domestic disturbance early Thursday, multiple media outlets in the South Carolina Lowcountry are reporting.

Sergeant George Hildebidle – a twelve-year veteran of the force – “decided to end his life his own way,” according to Holy City police chief Gregg Mullen.

Hildebidle was married and had two children.  Thankfully none of them were harmed in the incident, which began shortly before 8:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday.  Neighbors were initially put on lockdown in their homes – with many of them later being evacuated.

“Once we determined that it was a member of our department we set up a perimeter to contain the situation and requested the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department, the crisis negotiations team, SWAT, and bomb squads to respond to assume responsibility for the situation because we did not want to have our own folks dealing with this since they worked with this individual on a daily basis,” Mullen said, according to WCSC TV 5 (CBS – Charleston, S.C.).

Moments after noon, a Charleston County SWAT team entered the residence and found Hildebidle dead.

Hildebidle’s death comes as the Lowcountry (and the Palmetto State) is still reeling from the April 4 shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott – an unarmed black man who was gunned down by a 33-year-old white police officer in North Charleston, S.C.


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Writenow April 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Lest we forget, the nut case loon known as Todd Kincannon, is packing, and freely roaming Columbia and other counties.

I'm going to squeeze your arm! April 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Arm squeezes for everyone!

Squishy123 April 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Was he black? Will this be yet another cop shooting a black man?

Southern Patriot April 10, 2015 at 9:15 am

Nope. Black people rarely kill themselves. A white cop will usually do it for them.

Squishy123 April 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

So black people are essentially cowards, they don’t have a problem killing others but are afraid to take themselves out.

Bizarro April 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

It is against most of them’s code to do anything which might be beneficial to society. See Bizarro code in old Superman comics. Thetr are many close paralells.

Soft Sigh from Hell April 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm

A cop shot him: it has to be justified.

Mike at the Beach April 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

That didn’t take long.

euwe max April 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

Did he shoot himself in the back?

Walking & chewing gum April 10, 2015 at 8:04 am

Yes, he was also running away from himself.

shifty henry April 10, 2015 at 9:44 am

Max, can you give me an example of a small animal that when confronted with danger will freeze in place from fear rather than attempt to flee?

euwe max April 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I’m sure the last of those were eaten long ago.

shifty henry April 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

There’s a reason for the question but I don’t have time to follow up on it — maybe by the end of next week……

kateforest April 9, 2015 at 8:04 pm

This was a boy I grew up with. We were neighbors since I was 8. He was kind and funny and was one of the first boys I ever kissed. I have no idea what happened to him after I moved away, but please be kind with what you say here. He was the only child of a very sweet lady and grew up without his dad. He was a Charleston PD officer, not North Charleston, and had NOTHING to do with the shooting up there.

Soft Sigh from Hell April 11, 2015 at 9:58 am

With suicide not attributable to a clear cause, one always has to at least suspect untreated depression or bipolar disorder. Cops perhaps especially–given their many stresses–should have untarnishing access to counseling, diagnosis, and treatment of these lower-grade disorders that all sorts of successful citizens share.

Writenow April 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Instead of getting a divorce, your friend decided he would leave two kids fatherless…and create a burden for his wife. Clearly not the best example of good mental health. It remains to be seen if either George or wife or he suggested, considered, or received, counseling.

When the actor George Sanders committed suicide, he left this note.

“Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long
enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good

However, Sanders was also experiencing early dementia.

As “assisted suicide” is becoming acceptable in our culture for seniors, because we consider them “expendable” and a drag on Social Security, feelings about suicide has changed. For them. But for any able-bodied adult who chooses to leave two kids and a wife this way? So not in any way, kind or reasonable.

Sorry for their loss and yours.

You Know My Name April 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

Have Katrina or Alan creamed in their jeans over this, yet? It is probably a desired ending in their world.

guest April 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Sometimes, when a cop has yielded his/her produce, he/she is expendable. Cops are forced to do all sorts of things to earn their paychecks. Important, sometimes criminal things. They can even have a shelf life — i.e., become disposable when they have served their purpose(s), know too much, or start asking annoying, incriminating questions about that elusive >bigger picture<.

Same for those who wear those 'other uniforms.'


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