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Friday, January 20, 2012

[NYPD] Officer Dean killed himself while arguing with his girlfriend

New York Daily News
January 20 2012
[Excerpts] ...An on-duty New York City police officer committed suicide Thursday night by shooting himself in the face on a Queens street after arguing with his girlfriend on the phone, police sources said... “He got out of his [patrol] car and he’s on the phone with somebody,” a police source said... The block was cordoned off while dozens of investigators scoured the scene... [Full article here]


DESPERATE CALL: Gal pal phoned pct. before cop killed self
The New York Post
By Jamie Schram, Jennifer Bain and Bill Sanderson
January 21, 2012
[Excerpts] The fiancée of an NYPD cop who fatally shot himself at a crime scene called his Queens station house just minutes earlier with a cryptic warning that one of its officers was suicidal. But the woman never mentioned Terrence Dean by name - and only asked vague questions about what happens to a cop who wants to kill himself and if he would lose his gun or be suspended. The 111th Precinct cop who fielded the anonymous call guessed that she was talking about Dean and told a supervisor — but they allowed him to respond to a car break-in before calling him in”... [Full article here]

The New York Post
By Laurel Babcock and Bob Fredericks
January 23, 2012

The devastated fiancée of the suicidal cop who blew his brains out on the job last week revealed to The Post yesterday how she had desperately tried to talk him out of it in a phone call only seconds before he pulled the trigger.

“We weren’t fighting,” insisted Maria Stuart, 28, who was planning to marry NYPD Officer Terrence Dean, 28, on Aug. 18. “All I was trying to do was tell Terrence he needs help.”

Stuart said she had admitted to Dean during the frantic Thursday-night call that she had just phoned his Queens precinct house and made vague warnings about a suicidal officer.

“Fine, I’m going to kill myself,” Dean replied and hung up, she said.

The cop then pointed his service gun at his head and fired while at the Queens scene of a car burglary — in front of his partner and the car’s owner.

Stuart spoke to The Post after Suffolk cops forced her to leave Dean’s home in Medford, where she had lived with him, after his parents objected to her being there.

Stuart said Dean had been deeply depressed at least partly because he had felt pressured by people around him to become a cop when he really wanted to be a firefighter.

His family declined repeated requests for comment.

Alarmed by Dean’s increasingly erratic behavior in days before his suicide — and fearing for her and her 5-year-old daughter’s lives — Stuart had fled the house with the girl after he refused to seek professional help, she said.

Dean, she said, had put his gun in his mouth and threatened to kill himself Wednesday morning, the day before his suicide.

Later, he went to the driveway and shot out the windows of his car after an argument over her leaving her engagement ring at work, she said.

Stuart said Dean’s father came over later Wednesday and he and Terrence went into the garage, where the officer again put the gun in his mouth.

She and the dad screamed at him not to shoot, and he left with his father, she said.

Stuart said she pulled up to the home at about noon yesterday only to be confronted by a friend of Dean’s family, who called Dean’s father, Avery Dean, to the house.

The father called Suffolk cops.

Stuart said she produced a driver’s license and mail indicating she lived there.
But “we don’t know who lived here. This will have to be done through the courts,” Suffolk Police Sgt. Tom O’Shea said. [LINK]
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1 comment:

  1. This is unbelievably sad. Partly because, based on the article above, it was preventable. All the signs were there. Aggression, depression, threats. I'm not in anyway saying the family is responsible, but let this be an example to us all. We should take all threats seriously and act immediately. Especialy a person who has access to a firearm. It's sad and disappointing that a man who was a public servant came to such an end. God comfort his loved ones


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