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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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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    I feel nothing more can be said than what StarD3 and Recondo99 has said. It is sad that his girlfriend and family will always ask WHY ? We should all pray for them, and pass no judgement.
    Bless you ny Brother and may you be at Peace now.

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    onetime

    almost 3 years ago

    1294 Comments

    We will never know what he was going through but he must have really been hurting. RIP brother in blue may your spirit find peace. I pray that your family has the strength to heal.

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    IowaNinersFan

    almost 3 years ago

    15290 Comments

    RIP Officer Chlanda.

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    bstites

    almost 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    Very sad. You should never go that far about a person.

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    granny1

    almost 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    may god forgive you of your sins. i pray your family finds peace.god made us all different, some more emotional than others.

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    Daysend

    almost 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    Rip, suicide is a pointless way to make a point. Your pain is momentary, but you hurt others for a lifetime if you take yourself away. Life is a great precious mystery, like a book. You never know what joy or good you will find or can do if you just wait for the page to turn. Take care who you let into your heart, let only the good in, those who would share your vission and build the peace of mind you want in your life.

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    ColoradoInvestigator

    almost 3 years ago

    806 Comments

    Aside from fostering a life-saving/life-changing personal relationship with Christ, here are some excellent police suicide resources:
    http://badgeoflife.com/resources.php
    and
    http://www.psf.org/

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    DoctorMike

    almost 3 years ago

    472 Comments

    Rest in peace Officer Philip Chlanda.

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    rafaelmorales

    almost 3 years ago

    3000 Comments

    VERY SAD..RIP my brother in blue. Dam wish someone was there to help him... To all my other brother s and sisiters we do have hope out there if need be.

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    Retleo

    almost 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    RIP Brother, a very sad end to a far too short LE career.

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    rhood

    almost 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    May he find the peace of mind he could not get here on earth. This did not have to end this way. This tradgedy didn't just effect him, but a large number of people around him both now and in the future.

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    RangerTiffy

    almost 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    RIP,sir. For anyone contemplating the same...THERE IS HELP! Please reach out. Your brothers and sisters in blue will hold you up when you are weak.

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    USLawman1983

    almost 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Bump kbabcock and Robocop.

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    kaleihuaz

    almost 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    heartbreaking

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    pudhcat

    almost 3 years ago

    2522 Comments

    bump Robocop33 and StarD3

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