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On-Duty Officer Takes Own Life After Facebook Fight With Girlfriend

On-Duty Officer Takes Own Life After Facebook Fight With Girlfriend

The scene where the uniformed officer shot himself early this morning.

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

May 18, 2011

NEW YORK – An on-duty city cop distraught over a possible breakup with his girlfriend pulled out his gun in front of her and fatally shot himself in the head early Tuesday.

“I love you,” Officer Philip Chlanda told his girlfriend before pulling the trigger on a Manhattan street.

The 29-year-old cop argued with his gal pal after he looked at her Facebook page to see if she was seeing anyone else, said Paul Browne, NYPD’s chief spokesman.

“He was left with the impression that she might leave him,” Browne said.

Chlanda, in uniform and on a meal break, left the apartment on E. 36th St. where he and the girlfriend lived with his parents. The couple walked downstairs and continued their argument on the sidewalk near the cop’s squad car.

As he pulled his service .9mm Glock about 3:20 a.m., the girlfriend ran toward him, but not in time to stop him firing, Browne said.

Chlanda was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but died.

Browne called it “a sad, tragic incident.”

He said the officer, a 4-year veteran, had “an unblemished record,” with no issues. Chlanda was assigned to the 1st Precinct in Tribeca.

The couple had lived together in a room in his parents’ third floor apartment, he said, and planned to get their own apartment soon. “Nobody saw this coming,” said Browne.

“He was a gentle sort of fellow, very courteous,” said a neighbor, Dr. Rosemary Clemens. “It’s very unsettling. It’s particularly terrible when it’s somebody in the line of duty protecting others. He must have been a very troubled soul. All we can do is hope he’s in a better place.”


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    dolphinblue

    about 3 years ago

    42984 Comments

    R.I..P.

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    Quintero

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    Damn if he couldnt handle a break up, he must have had it real rough at work.. I believe the neighbor was right, he must have had a troubled soul... R.I.P Officer Chlada

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    OlympicJoy

    over 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Rest in peace Officer Chlanda.

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    DDemlong

    over 3 years ago

    2238 Comments

    Very sad RIP

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    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Philip Chlanda

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    JohnBerg

    over 3 years ago

    102 Comments

    rip hero

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    Tbones2469

    over 3 years ago

    168 Comments

    RIP brother, prayers to his family, friends, and fellow Officers. Very sad, what else can or needs to be said.

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    parole09

    over 3 years ago

    622 Comments

    RIP

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    LanaNJ

    over 3 years ago

    6990 Comments

    ty unit111d, and Amen to that! I have to give the credit to ColoradoInvestigator for the links, I just copied and pasted and Agree.

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    Katz

    over 3 years ago

    8260 Comments

    Very sad to have happened. RIP Bump UNIT111D........

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    UNIT111D

    over 3 years ago

    478 Comments

    Bump LonnyNJ. We had this happen several times during hurricane Katrina. She is right, get yourself right with the man upstairs and have faith and he will get you through whatever is eating you deep inside.

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    Redsky

    over 3 years ago

    2918 Comments

    RIP, very sad and unfortunate. LE needs an outlet to go to where someone can talk and vent problems with professionals w/o being in fear of retaliation by the department and the risk of being put on the rubber gun squad or fired

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    loudsilence

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    RIP

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    RIPB Officer Philip Chlanda. Social networks like alcohol do NOT destroy people's lives. It is how you respond to what life tosses in your direction. What pushed the officer over the edge will be known only to GOD. Prayers for the families and friends.

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    Andrea312

    over 3 years ago

    514 Comments

    My father took his own life at the age of 44 and actively on the force. Something like this alone doesn't cause someone to do such a thing. There is something much deeper going on their life. This was the push that sent him over the edge. I pray for his family and friesnds. Being in their shoes, I myself know how hard it is to comprehend afterwards. In time the wounds will heal. The hardest part is not knowing why.

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