So two Long Island NY cops shot a fairly bizarre fellow in his home when he charged the po-po with a large knife. If so, fair enough; although one has to wonder if said perp had the knife over his head, if he was “charging” towards the officers, how far the cops were from the bedroom door at the time, and all the other second guessing stuff that will no doubt proceed some sort of civil lawsuit. And then there’s what happened next, “eight to thirteen minutes” later . . .
The MTA officers were assisting county cops with mop-up duty when Nassau County Special Ops Officer Breitkopf arrived in a car with his partner, according to Nassau County Police Benevolent Association president James Carver.
As Breitkopf walked toward the house in plain clothes with a rifle slung over his shoulder and his badge around his neck, an unidentified retired NYPD sergeant from the neighborhood — milling around outside — cried out, “Gun!” Carver said.
One of the MTA cops tried to wrestle the rifle away, while the other, Glenn Gentile, fired a single shot, hitting Breitkopf in the side, Carver said.
Gentile and his partner were then trying to handcuff the dying officer on the lawn when his hysterical partner ran over and cried, “He’s one of us,” according to Carver.
As always, a cascade of mistakes led to the tragedy. Although the nypost.com version of events ends with Carver sharing his colleague’s anger with the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) cops, one wonders why a plainclothes cop feels the need to carry a rifle slung over his shoulder to the scene of a crime, just minutes after a gunfight? No one thought that could be a problem?