Bayside cop takes own life while on duty

A 28-year-old police officer from the 111th Precinct took his own life while on duty in Hollis Hills.
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A 28-year-old NYPD officer died Thursday night in Hollis Hills after turning his gun on himself, police said.

A call came over the police scanner at about 10:40 p.m. of an officer shot at 85-22 211th St., and NYPD and emergency service personnel responded.

The officer, whose name was being withheld pending family notification, worked in the 111th Precinct, which covers the neighborhoods of Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Fresh Meadows and Hollis Hills.

After shooting himself once in the head, he was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:09 p.m., according to the NYPD.

The officer had responded to the scene of a possible car break in with his partner, according to a report in the New York Post.

He paused the investigation to take a call on his cellphone from his girlfriend, and after a heated argument took his own life, according to the Post.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by email at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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Happened at my house in front of my brother. You would think NYPD would get an ambulance for my brother because of the state of shock he was in, but no! Ambulance only arrived for him after I called 911. Then an officer threatened to have ME arrested for requesting information. Disgusting behavior on behalf of the NYPD. No wonder they are suicidal! We never even got an apology over what had happened.
Jan. 20, 2012, 4:32 pm
Ret PO from Bayside says:
@BBJ self centered moron why would he need an ambulance drive him yourself if your so concerned they had enough to deal with
Jan. 20, 2012, 10:32 pm
SM from Brooklyn says:
You are so selfish Bbj. Their main concern was obviously trying to save that cop's life, not making sure if anyone who had seen it is emotionally scarred. If you had any ounce of humanity, you'd understand that. You are really that concerned of your family getting an apology? What about that poor man's family? These police officers are constantly at the beckon call of the public. Unfortunately, Once in a while, they need to utilize their own services. They should NOT have to apologize for trying to save one of their own.
Jan. 20, 2012, 11:33 pm
BBJ from Hollis Hills says:
Its not just that he was scarred from seeing it, the officer pointed the gun at HIM first. This is something that is not yet released to the public. Secondly, the cop was gone for over an hour and still no ambulance! And their was nothing to be saved. The reports are saying he died in the hospital but all witnesses are saying he died on the spot! For somebody to have to kill themselves in the heat of the moment is the scariest thing of all. Cell phone use should really not be allowed on the job as a cop!
Jan. 21, 2012, 12:27 am
well i too live in this neighborhood and i must say i feel soo much safer now that i know that while the police are patroling our neighborhoods they are also taking personal calls instead of watching out for crime!!! thanks again N.Y.P.D. we do appreciate everything you do but really???!!!
Jan. 21, 2012, 12:35 am
BBJ from Hollis Hills says:
Ret PO how could I drive him myself if they refused to give me access to my own house and my brother? You would think that the precincts would have a little more organization!
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:48 am
Ret PO from Bayside says:
@coco sure take away another right from police why not everyone no cell phones or any communication at work. Include yourself . Why ask a cop to do what you wouldn't be willing to. @bbj call a cab and stop being so ego centric I'd like to see you and coco rely on each other you wouldn't do squat for anyone but your selveves
Jan. 21, 2012, 9:53 am
neighbor from Hollis Hills says:
I, along with my other Hollis Hills neighbors grieve for that poor young man and his family. What a terrible, sad thing to happen. To bbl, remember that cop was also a human being with people who lived a d cared about him. Stop the hate.
Jan. 21, 2012, 10:35 am
BBJ from Hollis Hills says:
Call a cab??? Are you not understanding that no one was allowed in or out of the scene. Secondly, whoever said I was hating on the cop. On the contrary, yes he was injured and was given medical attention but he wasn't on the scene and for over an hour nobody can call the ambulance. The other cops werent assisting in saving "their own". They were standing around guarding the street.
Jan. 21, 2012, 10:56 am
Bayside from Queens says:
May the officer RIP. BBJ. If there were some issues on your brother leaving the scene its because there was an ongoing investigation. Let me ask you. How is your brother? I am sure he is breathing and enjoying this day. Im so sorry your brother faced 5 seconds of what police officers face every day. Appreciate what these police officers do for everyone. This was a very unfortunate thing that happened.
Jan. 21, 2012, 1:12 pm
Concerned from LI says:
BBJ, get over yourself. RIP officer, I pray for you, your family/loved ones and your partner.
Jan. 22, 2012, 8:06 am
vincent gibson from phila says:
i am the brother of a phila police det. my brother det. joseph gibson was found dead in his home he shot him self in his head on dec 26, 2010 i know the felling of loseing a loved one this way . and the hurt and tears never will go away . our police officers are hero's and that should never beforgotton .

this is why today i am pushing for a memorial wall to honor these officers no matter what state they are from .
because they served there dept's and there community's and because of there service to Law Enforcement they deserve to be honored now we must protect and honor these officers service to Law Enforcement .

thank you

Vincent Gibson brother of


May 16, 2012, 2:05 pm
mike stern from oakland gardens says:
Id like to ask how old are you and your brother ? and if the ambulance never came what would you have done? Im 65 and if my brother needed a doctor Id get him to one not wait for someone else.
Jan. 15, 11:15 pm

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