Neighbors shocked over cop's suicide in North Port

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NORTH PORT, Fla. – Neighbors and co-workers of the North Port Police officer that took his own life Thursday are still in shock over the day’s shocking and stunning events.

Especially at the police department; one of their own, 6-year veteran Ricky Urbina taking his own life after learning he would be arrested and charged with Sexual Battery and Kidnapping.

The incident left many in the community and neighborhood in disbelief.

“I come down and turn down my road, and I seen them all down here, and I’m like ‘aw man, what happened?”” said Steve Unsinger, a neighbor to Urbina’s Spinner Avenue home.


What happened was around 4pm Thursday afternoon, Urbina took his own life in his back yard. ”I feel sorry of the family,” said neighbor Rick Brenton.

Detectives had notified Urbina just minutes prior that he would be arrested for Sexual Battery and Kidnapping.

Neighbors say the 44-year-old, who had been with the police department for six years, was usually a friendly guy, constantly waving hello from his police cruiser.

“It was nice to have a cop car at the end of our street. It was some comfort to our neighborhood,” said Brenton.

Urbina’s wife was seen at the scene Thursday, looking extremely distraught while sitting in the back of a police cruiser. It is unknown whether she was at the home during the incident.

ABC 7 will continue to follow this story Wednesday, and will have more in upcoming newscasts as the story develops.