Morris Tabak, a retired San Francisco Police Deputy Chief, killed himself outside a Sonoma County sheriff's substation Tuesday night.

Following the news, ABC 7's Dan Noyes posted the following on his Facebook wall:

One of those stories I'd rather not report, but former SFPD Deputy Chief Morris Tabak killed himself outside a Sonoma County Sheriff's substation. Working to figure out possible reasons why. It's a tremendous shock to officers and brass who remember him as "incredibly bright" and "quietly competent."

Tabak was on the force for 32 years. He was known for being outspoken about the city's crime problems, saying at a 2006 press conference that San Francisco had a "historically lenient approach to crime."