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Widow: NYPD Sgt. Coerced Suicidal Cop Into Sex

February 01, 2013  | 

An affair between an NYPD officer and his Queens sergeant that led to his suicide has spilled into the courtroom, after the officer's widow filed a lawsuit against the city, department, and sergeant.

In the lawsuit, Gina Schindler claims Officer Matthew Schindler was coerced into continuing an affair with Sgt. Christine Hirtzel. The widow claims Hirtzel threatened to give Officer Schindler an unfavorable assignment if he broke off the tryst, reports the Associated Press.

Schindler allegedly tried to break off the affair one final time, on Feb. 23, 2012. When Hirtzel refused, he became despondent, left the station, and killed himself with his service pistol.

Hirtzel has said Schindler committed suicide after she tried to break off a consensual affair. Hirtzel told DNAinfo.com that Schindler told her he couldn't live without her.

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Tags: NYPD, police suicide, Sexual Harassment Allegations


Comments (5)

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B.T.Roberts @ 2/4/2013 6:39 PM

Oh good God! WTF has happened to Men. grow a pair and enjoy em!

Jim A @ 2/4/2013 10:05 PM

Hey, B.T., that comment was really rude. We do not know all that he was going through. To condemn his actions is one thing. To be so crass while doing it is just insensitive.

Phil @ 2/5/2013 4:40 AM

My heart goes out to the officers widow and family, but does the NYPD have to be responsible for the actions of 2 stupid people while they were off duty? There is such a thing as personal responibility. There are actions a person can take if they feel that they are being Sexually Harrassment. Sue the stupid Sgt. Hirtzel.

B.T.Roberts @ 2/5/2013 10:41 AM

Jim, I would say I’m sorry, but really I am not. Crass Insensitivity is something that needs to be injected back into our society. Call it what it is, forget all the PC sh.t.
I feel bad for the widow, the family this guy left behind, but he didn’t care he killed himself. I worked two cases very similar to this that had the same outcome in my own department, suicide dose not cure anything sans the victim all it does is leave devastation in its wake.
So back to my original comment be a MAN, grow a pair, when you F up take responsibility move forward, don’t be a coward.
Call me Crass I can be and I don’t care.

rakibhasan @ 4/12/2014 10:49 PM

An affair between an NYPD officer and his Queens sergeant that led to his suicide has spilled into the courtroom, after the officer's widow filed a lawsuit against the city, department, and sergeant.

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