NEW YORK - The New York City police lieutenant who gave the order to taser a distraught man, who then fell to his death, has apparently committed suicide.

A police department official says the lieutenant was found in Brooklyn early Thursday, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It wasn't clear when he died.

The lieutenant had ordered another officer to shock Inman Morales during a confrontation with police in Brooklyn on Sept. 24.

The disturbed man, who had climbed out his third floor window and was standing naked on a ledge, fell to his death.

The lieutenant was stripped of his gun and badge after the incident.

The police official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the family had not yet been notified.