High-rank­ing NYPD cop kills him­self at Long Is­land golf course af­ter be­ing ques­tioned in mas­sive cor­rup­tion probe

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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