NYC Police Official Found Dead in Car, Suicide Suspected

 Michael Ameri, left, at the Park Slope United Methodist Church in Brooklyn in 2013. (PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew Hinderaker)
Michael Ameri, left, at the Park Slope United Methodist Church in Brooklyn in 2013. (PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew Hinderaker)

A New York City police official was found dead on Friday in a car on Long Island, where he is believed to have shot himself, the authorities said.

The official, Inspector Michael Ameri, the commanding officer of the Police Department’s Highway District, was found in Suffolk County with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Stephen P. Davis, the department’s top spokesman, said in a statement.

The authorities in Suffolk County said detectives were investigating a death that was reported shortly before 1 p.m. in Babylon.

Inspector Ameri, 44, was a friend of Deputy Inspector James Grant, the commander of the 19th Precinct on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, who had been reassigned as part of a wave of discipline amid a sprawling federal inquiry into municipal corruption in New York. Inspector Grant was placed on modified duty last month.

There has been no indication that Inspector Ameri was under investigation. It was unclear whether investigators were seeking Inspector Ameri’s cooperation with their inquiry focused on Inspector Grant.

Mr. Davis declined to comment on the investigation. “We’ve consistently said this is an ongoing investigation and we would not comment whatsoever,” he said.

A law enforcement official said that as of Friday, Inspector Ameri’s duty status had not changed.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Rick Rojas and J. David Goodman