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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

  • Thin_blue_line_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rip Brother, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Ncapd_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P brother, may the angels lead you in.

  • Police_car_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May he rest in peace--and may the MTA officer find peace, which I know will elude him.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    May you rest in peace

  • Win_20140410_232326_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Rcmp50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace brother

  • Dscn0533_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Dedicated to Officer Breitkopf,

    My most sincere condolences to the family, friends and the Brothers and Sisters of The Nassau County Police Department who held this Hero so close in their hearts. This particular Department has suffered so much in the last six weeks. My prayers are also most certainly with the MTA Police Department and the Officer in their employ who was involved in this very sad event. The Lord will most certainly offer a heavenly home for Geoffrey and offer a tremendous amount of comfort for the MTA Officer who is undoubtedly immersed in unimaginable grief.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max160_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace Brother.

  • 91101_remeberance_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It is my belief, at this point, we as a brotherhood (including our sisters in L.E.) need to learn what we can from this tragedy. It will not help to criticize anything. I pray God will care for the families of all officers involved. Words cannot change what happened but we should urge ourselves to Learn, Adapt, and Overcome. May God welcome Breitkopf with open arms and make for him his place in Heaven.

  • P1010058_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P .....

  • Me_and_lujean_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God please grant peace and comfort to all who knew Officer Breitkopf, and please bring an extra measure of peace and comfort to the officer involved in this tragic situation.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I agree with nearly all of the comments on plain cloths, but I just can't get past the time lapse. 8-13 minutes is a long time, which is the reported lapse time from the suspect getting shot to the MTA officers arrival.
    I'm not making any judgements because of the sparse info, but 8-13 minutes changes the entire scene. There would have been radio traffic with notification the suspect was down, the scene would change to an 'after action' feel rather than a feel where everything is still up in the air. I don't know... maybe it just doesn't feel right because of the lack of info.
    As for a vest, it's hard to tell if the plain cloths officer was wearing one or not. He was shot in the side, so the vest may not have done any good (depending on type and fit).
    Regardless of details, this is another tragedy which we are seeing to many of.

  • Uniform_max50


    over 4 years ago


    this one officer I used to know kept a reflective police windbreaker in the trunk of his pov to identify him to uniformed officers if he ever had to do anything off duty.

  • Me2_max50


    over 4 years ago



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