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Retired NYPD Sgt. Yelled "Gun" In Friendly Fire Incident

March 15, 2011  | 

Screenshot via N.Y. Daily News.

In the moments before the accidental shooting of a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police officer by an MTA officer, retired NYPD Sgt. John Cafarella may have yelled "gun," triggering the shooting.

Cafarella was in the area and had stopped to offer his help. The New York Times is reporting the retired NYPD sergeant yelled "gun," after seeing Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf arrive on-scene with a rifle.

According to an audio recording of the incident, following the fatal shooting of Breitkopf, a cop is heard yelling, "MOS [member of service] shot in the face!"

Officers shot 21-year-old Anthony DiGeronimo, who had lunged at them with a knife. Following the shooting, MTA Officer Glenn Gentile shot Officer Breitkopf, who responded as a member of the Bureau of Special Operations.

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Plainclothes N.Y. Cop Killed by Friendly Fire

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mike S @ 3/22/2011 7:42 PM

Briehtkopf was responding as a Member of the BSO ( Bureau of Special Operations) squad and On Duty. He did not live nearby . He walked past numerous Uniformed Nassau Officers ( Likely knew him By sight since he was in his Patrol area) on the scene carrying his duty rifle in a safe Condition . Reports state someone yelled GUN and the MTA Officer Mistakenly ID'd him as a Threat and Fired, It is unsure if his Badge was displayed outside his CLothing. Terrible Tragedy. How do these news reports get so screwed up? MTA is an agency that Police the Transit ( railroads) and do Not normally respond to County calls . They would not have known Breitkopf by Sight as the Local Uniforms would have.

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