Cecil Ramsay, 51, shot himself in the head after firing at a car carrying his wife and a friend, both off-duty NYPD officers, Suffolk County police said.
He shot Officer Edwin Shittick in the hand after accusing him “of seeing his wife,” said Suffolk County Police Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.
“It’s our understanding that that is not the case. They’re just acquaintances,” Fitzpatrick said.
Ramsay fired at least three times at the car as his wife, Officer Belfort Dady, drove away with a wounded Shittick, Fitzpatrick said.
He then put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger in front of several witnesses, Fitzpatrick said.
Dady, 46, and Ramsay have at least one child, Fitzpatrick said. Ramsay had been ill with heart problems and was awaiting a heart transplant, he said.
New York City police wouldn’t comment on the shootings or give information about the officers, referring all questions to Long Island authorities.
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Authorities confirmed that Lt. Gene Wadkins committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound at around 11:30 a.m. His wife, Kelly, who is a sergeant with the sheriff’s office’s Road Patrol, discovered the body somewhere along Number 2 Road near their home in Howey-In-The-Hills.
Investigators with the Lake County Sheriff’s office and the Howey-In-The-Hills police responded to the area and are investigating.
Before joining the Lady Lake police department, Wadkins served as the chief of police in Mascotte and as a sheriff’s deputy from 2002 to 2003.
Homicide detectives have taken over the case but the shooting has been ruled death by suicide.
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Suffolk County police did not release any details about prior calls to the home or information on previous domestic violence an NYPD spokeswoman only said that Cole had joined the department in April, 1990, and had been assigned to the 68th Precinct in Brooklyn.
There was no other information released about Cole’s personnel record.
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Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Kim Cronk said Friday morning that Aaron Housman, 35, Westfield, a Noblesville policeman, was on duty Thursday when he drove to northern Henry County to talk to his girlfriend at her relative’s home at U.S. 36 and Messick Road.
Housman had been disciplined at work earlier in the day, and when he confronted his girllfriend, a Noblesville dispatcher, at about 5 p.m., he recorded audio of their meeting.
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A former police officer named as a potential target in an ongoing Homeowners Association corruption probe died Tuesday in an apparent suicide.
Retired Metro Police Lieutenant Chris Van Cleef died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday morning. The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation but it certainly looks like a suicide according to law enforcement sources.
Van Cleef spent years with Metro and retired as a Lieutenant in 2005 after getting nabbed in Utah for a DUI. His name and that of two other former Metro Officers, surfaced last week in the massive FBI-Metro investigation into alleged corruption within local homeowner association boards.
Agents served search warrants at several locations, seeking evidence to link local attorneys and contractors to HOA’s all over the valley.
One warrant was served at Platinum Communities, which is owned by the ex-wife of a current Metro Officer.
Lawmen think the outside interests conspired to take over the homeowner boards so that expensive repairs and lucrative construction defect lawsuits could be channeled to particular co-conspirators.
Van Cleef was elected to the board of the Pebble Creek Homeowner Association. Pebble Creek is one of the developments which is at the heart of the investigation.
No charges have been filed, but pressure is growing and sources close to the probe say the potential targets appear to be turning on each other.
There’s also an interesting twist elsewhere in the unfolding story — as federal agents and local police pursue leads against Las Vegas law firms and contractors, some of those very same potential targets are teaching courses for the state.
Attorney Nancy Quon, who specializes in construction defects lawsuits and whose name has been linked to several of the HOA’s now under suspicion, is signed up to teach classes to future homeowner association managers in a program authorized and promoted by the State of Nevada Real Estate Division.
The schedule shows Quan and her partners teaching courses in community management principles and in construction defects lawsuits. Also listed on the schedule is at least one contractor named in the search warrants served last week.
Whether those classes will continue as scheduled now that Quon and others have been served with warrants will be a decision for real estate officials to make.
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Police Chief Sam Breshears sadly announced the death of two officers, one involved in a deadly wreck, and the other who committed suicide.
Police say that the two off-duty officers, Mark A. Jaramillo and Kyle L. Kovac were both involved in a fatal wreck early Saturday morning at Interstates 435 and 70. The chief did not go into details of the wreck.
Jaramillo was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries.
Police concerned for officer Kovac went to his apartment after being told he was distraught over Jaramillo’s death. When officers arrived, they had no response and forced their way into the apartment where officers said they found Kovac dead of an apparent suicide.
Both patrol officers had been with the department for five years.Breshears said the accident is being investigated by the department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
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A Detroit police sergeant suspected of arranging his wife’s killing was found dead by an apparent suicide in a suburban park.
Sgt. David Cobb, 38, who had been suspended without pay, hanged himself, police said. His body was found near a bike path in Dodge Park in Sterling Heights, The Detroit Free Press reported.
Cobb’s wife, Rose, 47, was gunned down Dec. 26 in the parking lot of a Detroit pharmacy while her husband was in the store. Vincent Smothers, 27, the alleged killer, told investigators after his arrest in April that Cobb had hired him.
Cobb was arrested briefly and then released for lack of evidence. Police sources told the Free Press there had been recent progress in the investigation.
Smothers said Cobb was angry because his wife had been cheating on him and he wanted money from her life insurance.
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An off-duty Chicago police officer shot his young son and daughter, then committed suicide inside his home on the Southwest Side Monday morning, officials said.
The man, who a police spokeswoman said was a 4-year veteran of the department who worked in the Englewood District, was pronounced dead at 12:22 p.m. at the scene.
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Authorities aren’t releasing much information in this appearant suicide but do say that 48-year-old Kenneth John Griffin suffered fatal self-inflicted injuries at the Oklahoma County jail and was pronounced dead at OU Medical Center.
Police Master Sergeant Gary Knight says officers stopped Griffin Wednesday afternoon on Southwest 15th Street and arrested him on an outstanding warrant for solicitation to commit murder complaint.
Police and the FBI have declined to release further details, referring questions to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office.
Prosecutors say they can’t comment because the case is under seal.
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