I'm sorry he died this way. I'm thankful he didn't take his girlfriend's life too.
New York Post
By John Doyle, Perry Chiaramonte and Cynthia R. Fagen
May 18, 2011
[Excerpts] A uniformed NYPD cop angry over his girlfriend's Facebook postings - and scared she'd leave him - fatally shot himself right in front of the woman on a Manhattan street yesterday, police said. "I love you," Officer Philip Chlanda, 29, told the woman before shooting himself in the head with his department-issued Glock... His squad car was parked a few feet away... "He was looking at Facebook to see if she was communicating with someone else," said a police source. "It was an argument"... Chlanda got upset when he thought his girlfriend intended to leave him... He stormed out to the street with his lover giving chase. As he approached his police cruiser, the shattered officer professed his love, pulled his 9mm service weapon from his holster, and pulled the trigger before the woman could stop him.... Two postal workers said that on Monday they spotted Chlanda barefoot in his pajama bottoms arguing with the woman outside the building. "It looked like they were breaking up," one of the workers said. Chlanda and his girlfriend only met a few months ago, and were living together in a room in his parent's apartment... Chlanda, a gun enthusiast, was a member of the Westside Rifle and Pistol Range on West 20th Street and was a well-regarded marksman and a nationally ranked long-rifle expert... [Full article here]
...Chlanda, a gun enthusiast, was a member of the Westside Rifle and Pistol Range on West 20th Street and was a well-regarded marksman and a nationally ranked long-rifle expert...
New York Daily News
By Matthew Nestel and Bob Kappstatter
May 17th 2011
[Excerpts] An on-duty ... 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... "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"... [Full article here]
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