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Details Released in Friendly Fire Incident that Took Officer's Life

Details Released in Friendly Fire Incident that Took Officer's Life

The Boston Herald via YellowBrix

March 14, 2011

Police first responded to an 8:20 p.m. 911 call, Smith said.

Theresa Kelly, 71, who lives near the site of the shooting, said she heard — after police had evacuated the home — a man shout to police, "Please don’t shoot my son! Please don’t shoot my son!’ "

Kelly had called 911 a short time earlier when a man — later identified as the suspect — jumped on her car hood as she was backing out of her driveway.

The man was wearing a white mask and dark clothing, she said.

Kelly said she screamed and heard him laugh.

“He got a good laugh out of scaring me,” Kelly said. “I thought he wanted to get into my car, so I called 911.”

On Sunday morning, Kelly said she was having second thoughts about making that emergency call.

“I feel awful that I called 911,” she said. “I feel very bad because two people lost their lives, and I don’t think it should have happened that way.”

Other neighbors on DiGeronimo’s tree-lined residential block declined to comment.

When DiGeronimo ran away, Kelly said, she followed him in her car and told police where he was. She watched a police officer with a gun go into a house, which is nearby on Fourth Avenue.

“A minute later, I heard three shots,” Kelly said.

Smith said the suspect barricaded himself inside the house as police arrived and hid in a bedroom.

Police evacuated the home, and soon after, the suspect charged out of the bedroom holding “big Rambo-type knives,” Smith said.

Both officers fired shots — one fired four, another three — and the suspect died of his wounds, police said. His body remained in the house early Sunday as police awaited a search warrant, Smith said.

In a statement, the MTA offered its condolences to the fallen officer and his family. The MTA Police Department is cooperating with Nassau County police and the district attorney’s offices in the ongoing investigation, the statement said.

Breitkopf is the second Nassau officer to sustain fatal injuries in the line of duty in less than six weeks.

Last month, Nassau police mourned the department’s first line-of-duty death since 1993 after a highway patrolman was killed during a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway.

The patrolman, Michael J. Califano, 44, of Wantagh, was killed when a trucker dozed off and slammed into the officer’s stopped patrol car, police said.

John Kaley, 25, was arrested shortly after the crash on charges including criminally negligent homicide.

With Yamiche Alcindor, Carrie Mason-Draffen, Victor Manuel Ramos and Alfonso A. Castillo

  • 101_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother.

  • Esu_patch_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Apparently there was a retired NYPD Sgt at the scene, conflicting reports as to what he was doing there, buffed a scanner, lived on the block, was driving home and saw the foot pursuit,,,,, when he saw the plain clothes officer approach the location with an M4 slung over his shoulder he yelled "gun". The MTA officers then got involved, 1 tried to grab the rifle and then the 2nd fired. Like many of these type of incidents a tragic series of small errors that culminate in a disaster.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    RIP brother

  • 20_normal_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers are with all involved in this tragady. Rest in Peace Brother, and I hope the MTA officer can some how find peace. When we are sworn in we are issued a green reflective wrist slap with the word sheriff or police for our gun wrist that we are to use off duty / or under cover to help indentify us to uniformed officers. This in itself may not be enough so we are taught to always do what ever a uniformed officer commands us to do until we are properly identified. Emotions were high I am sure 8-13 minutes after the shooting so tunnel vision and other senses were probably all jacked up and thoughts were not clear. With the nature of some units officers dress to fit the streets and dont look like cops so it changes the playing field. Stay save and stay sharp.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP and prayers to the family.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Numb with emotions here, dont have alot to say. God Bless Leo Breitkopf and his family.

  • Uniphone1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace, Brother and God Bless! My prayers go up for the MTA Officer.....

    "Stay in the Fight"

  • Dhs_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace, Brother.

  • Absolutelawenf_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace

  • 21_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    This is HORRIIFIC.....
    God Bless all who are directly involved.
    RIP my brother.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    RIP prayers for your family and friends

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    May you rest in peace, my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Officer Breitkopf

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