What happened to Patrick Blanchard? Why did the Police Officer Commit Suicide? Explained

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of 37-year-old Patrick Blanchard, a Master Police Officer for the Minot Police Department. On December 28, 2022. Keep reading more to know about this Tragic Incident

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Who was Patrick Blanchard?

In 2017, Patrick joined the Minot Police Department and quickly rose to the rank of Master Police Officer. During his time on the force, he became known as both a dedicated and compassionate officer who always had a smile on his face and was willing to help anyone in need. He was deeply involved in his community and loved spending time with his family and friends.

How did Patrick Blanchard die? What was the cause Patrick death?

Patrick was discovered dead following an apparent self-inflicted wound while off-duty. The cause of his death is still under investigation. The police are continuing to investigate this tragedy in order to get answers for Patrick’s loved ones regarding his sudden death; however, they have yet to release any further details at this time.

What happened to Patrick Blanchard?

On December 28, 2022, the Minot Police Department sought help from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office in locating an off-duty police officer so that they could check on his welfare. Patrick Blanchard was discovered shortly after: at 11:30 p.m., deputies located the 37-year-old Master Officer in his car near Towner, North Dakota. Sadly, he was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted wound – a tragedy which is now being investigated by those closest to him. While the cause of death has yet to be determined, answers are being sought and police have made it clear they will release pertinent details when they become available. During this difficult time, Patrick’s family and friends find comfort knowing that all aspects of his passing are being thoroughly examined to provide them closure.

Tributes Pour to Patrick Blanchard

Patrick’s unexpected passing has come as a shock to many in the community. His fellow officers have taken to social media to share their memories of him and express their condolences for his family. In addition to this outpouring of support, several fundraisers have been set up to assist Patrick’s widow and young daughter during this difficult time.

Mary Frantz
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

John Rusten
So sorry for your loss

Sherry Schwen
Prayers ✝️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Linda Hudg
I Slow Salute our Precious Fallen Police Officer Blanchard with the Utmost Gratitude, Honor, and Respect for his dedicated and courageous service. May God Rest his Precious Soul.

Vivian Larson
So very sorry for this tragedy, praying for him and is family

Ana Swor
Omg no! This is soooo heartbreaking 💔 Pat was one of the kindest people I met in Minot. This is so sad! My deepest condolences to his loved ones! My husband and I will forever be grateful for his kindness. He will be greatly missed. 💙🖤

As we all grieve together in light of this heartbreaking news, let us remember Patrick for what he stood for—dedication, courage, compassion—and give thanks for all that he did while serving on the Minot Police Department. Our thoughts are with Patrick’s friends, family members, colleagues, and those affected by this terrible loss during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Patrick Blanchard – We will never forget you!