High-ranking NYPD cop kills himself at Long Island golf course after being questioned in massive corruption probe
Ahigh-ranking NYPD officer ensnared in a police corruption probe killed himself on Friday days after the FBI grilled the veteran cop at his home, police sources said. Inspector Michael Ameri, 44, was found dead at the Bergen Point Golf Course in West Babylon about 12:45 p.m.
Ameri’s day started with the FBI arriving at his residence for an interview, a police source said. Once the feds left, Ameri climbed into his car, drove to the golf course and took his own life, according to the source.
The commanding officer of the NYPD Highway Patrol Unit “was found deceased in his vehicle of an apparent selfinflicted gunshot wound,” NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said in a statement.
The Suffolk County police were handling the suicide investigation, Davis added.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Inspector Michael Ameri,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Ameri joined the NYPD in 1993 and was the commanding officer of the 78th Precinct in Park Slope, Brooklyn, before being named the head of the NYPD’s Highway Patrol.
His name surfaced in the ongoing federal police corruption probe but he was never disciplined, police sources said. Nine police officers have been either stripped of their badges and guns or transferred since late March as federal investigators probe two Orthodox businessmen suspected of plying cops with lavish trips and jewels in return for favors like more police protection,
“I’m sick . . . I’m literally sick to my stomach,” said one highranking police source upon hearing the news. “I can’t believe it.”
Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri committed suicide on Friday.