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A retired Haverstraw police officer shot himself before FBI agents were able to question him in Thiells on Wednesday.
Federal officials say agents and task force officers pulled over the Chevy Suburban driven by former NYPD and Haverstraw Police Officer Gerard Benderothon on Rosman Road. Agents say as they approached the Suburban with guns drawn, Benderothon drew a handgun and fatally shot himself.
FBI officials did not mention Benderoth by name and would not say why he was being pulled over for questioning.
Multiple sources have told News 12 that the former cop was wanted for questioning about his ties to ex-Briarcliff Manor Officer Nicholas Tartaglione. Tartaglione has been in jail since December because of his connection to a quadruple murder in Orange County. Tartaglione was arrested on charges of allegedly killing four Middletown men after a drug deal went bad.
Benderoth, 48, was known for competing in strongman and weightlifting competitions.