Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf Nassau County Police Department New York End of Watch: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Photograph: Police Officer Geoffrey BreitkopfPatch image: Nassau County Police Department, New York

Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf
Nassau County Police Department
New York

End of Watch: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: Saturday, March 12, 2011
Weapon Used: Officer’s handgun
Suspect Info: Not available

Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf was accidentally shot and killed after being mistaken for a suspect by another police officer.
Officers from the Nassau County Police Department and an officer from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department responded to a call in Massapequa Park of a man running through the neighborhood armed with several knifes. After locating the suspect, they chased him on foot into a house, where the suspect barricaded himself inside a room. The officers removed the other occupants of the house and were inside when the suspect exited and charged at the officers with a knife in his hand. The officers shot and killed the suspect.
Officer Breitkopf, who was in plainclothes, responded to back-up the officers. He arrived at the scene just after the suspect had been shot and killed, but was himself mistaken for a suspect, and shot by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officer at the scene.
Officer Breitkopf was taken to Nassau University Medical Center where he died from his wound.
Officer Breitkopf had served with the Nassau County Police Department for 12 years. He was assigned to the Bureau of Special Operations.

Agency Contact Information
Nassau County Police Department
1490 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: (516) 573-7000
Please contact the Nassau County Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Information on this memorial is preliminary. A final determination on line of duty status may be made at a future date.

nydaily news

The Long Island cop killed in a friendly fire incident was officially identified Sunday as Geoffrey Breitkopf, a 12-year veteran dedicated to public service.

The married father of two, who lived in Selden, LI was fatally shot in the side by a uniformed MTA cop after arriving at a crime scene with his partner to offer back up, officials said.

Breitkopf, 40, was in an unmarked car, wearing plain clothes with a rifle at his side when he approached the house where a knife-wielding satanist had been gunned down by officers less than 10 minutes earlier.

Not realizing Breitkopf was a cop, a uniformed MTA officer standing on the lawn outside the Massapequa Park address pulled out his gun and shot him.

Breitkopf died at Nassau County University Medical Center.

"We lost one of our finest," Nassau County Police commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said. "He was loved and highly regarded and respected."

"This is a tragedy of immense proportions for all of us," Mulvey said. "The circumstances are under review. We will do an investigation."

Breitkopf was a star on the force and had received 10 awards for his performance in the field.

He was a member of the elite Bureau of Special Operations, an honor he took so seriously he had the unit’s logo tattooed on his chest.

He was also a member of Selden volunteer firefighters and loved motorcycles.

"We’re going to miss him very deeply," said NCPD Bureau of Special Operations officer Sean Paul, who went through the police academy with Breitkopf.

"We’re not going to fill that hole," he said. "Geoff dedicated his life to public service. Since day one he was dedicated and determined to be the best cop he could be. He was the tip of our spear."

The incident which sparked Breitkopf’s tragic arrival at the Fourth Ave. home, in Massapequa Park, involved Anthony DiGeronimo.

The 21-year-old was spotted walking the streets armed with a blade and slashing cars shortly after 8 p.m., witnesses and police said.

He then ran into his home where he had locked himself in a bedroom only to emerge dressed head-to-toe in leather with a mask over his face and a knife in each hand.

Additional blades were also dangling from his body.

Two Nassau County officers shot him seven times, authorities said.

"He marched out of his room like an animal, with his knife held above his head," Mulvey said. "Not only did he have a knife in both hands, but he had other knives attached to his body. He was a self-described anarchist. He was into satanism."

The officer accused of shooting Breitkopf is on sick leave.

 

Anthony DiGeronimo was spotted slashing cars, prompting police response.

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Anthony DiGeronimo was spotted slashing cars, prompting police response.

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