Police officers are armed members of our society that are given license to use deadly force if they or anyone else is threatened. Suicide by cop is a method of suicide wherein an individual provokes a police officer into killing them by threatening the police officer’s life. Often the threats are empty, even if the suicide is successful. There are many reasons an individual would choose this method of suicide as opposed to more direct means. Fear of committing the act and desire for notoriety being the most common.