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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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    Mikfly

    almost 3 years ago

    96 Comments

    RIP. A very unsettling and tragic event.

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    wiseass0282

    almost 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Officer and his family. I can not understand why someone would take their own life over a failing relationship. If it does not work out, so be it. Move on and find someone else. Face book seems to cause more problems then it is worth.

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    StrykerBrig21

    almost 3 years ago

    1008 Comments

    RIP Brother..... Bump Robocop.

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    TreeHugger719

    almost 3 years ago

    464 Comments

    Wow.....

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    coshane220

    almost 3 years ago

    682 Comments

    Rest in peace brother. This is a very tragic situation all around. A young man has lost his life, and the girlfriend will have to live with that for the rest of her life. Many lives have changed as a result of this incident.

    Social networks like facebook is no place for people to air their dirty laundry if you will. As difficult as it is, this will hopefully be a situation that many people will hopefully learn from and benefit from.

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    corylovesandrea

    almost 3 years ago

    6230 Comments

    Rest in peace brother. Tragic.

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    liljj

    almost 3 years ago

    892 Comments

    Rip. Very tragic and sad.

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    Robocop33

    almost 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    RIP. Very tragic. This young man also probably should never have become a LEO due to his emotional problems. Who knows, it may have been the stress of the job that amplified his emotions and caused him to kill himself. Very sad.

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    NewYork911

    almost 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    God Speed Brother...

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    bsears

    almost 3 years ago

    9370 Comments

    RIP

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