An NYPD officer involved in a department corruption probe killed himself on a Long Island golf course, reports said.
Police confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon that “Michael Ameri, Commanding Officer of the Highway Patrol Unit, was found deceased in his vehicle of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Babylon, New York.” They said Suffolk police will be conducting an investigation.
According to the New York Daily News, Ameri, 44, was found dead at the Bergen Point Golf Course about 12:45 p.m.
Though it wasn’t clear whether Ameri was a target of the joint NYPD/FBI investigation, the New York Post, said, he reportedly was “one of several cops assigned to the district who were grilled about providing escorts and doing favors for a pair of businessmen.”
Though he was questioned, he was never disciplined, the Daily News stated.
Ameri, of West Babylon, began his NYPD career in 1993, becoming commanding officer of the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, before moving to the highway unit, reports said.
“The US Attorney’s office should expedite this case so no more police lives are lost and cops know what’s going to happen to them,” law enforcement sources told the Post.
“I’m sick … I’m literally sick to my stomach,” a police source said to the Daily News about Ameri’s death. “I can’t believe it.”