Retired officer shoots self after FBI traffic stop in Thiells

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A retired Haverstraw police officer shot himself after the FBI conducted a traffic stop in Thiells Wednesday morning, according to the FBI.



The FBI stopped the retired officer's car on Rossman Road. As an FBI agent approached the vehicle, the man in the car reportedly pulled out a gun and shot himself. He died at the scene.



Friends of the retired officer have identified him as Gerard Benderoth. Benderoth was an NYPD officer at one time and then worked as a police officer in Haverstraw. They say he was a gentle giant and are shocked by what happened.



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. 



Despite these reports, the FBI is still being very tight-lipped about what happened. FBI officials are not saying why they pulled Benderoth over and whether or not he was linked in any way to those murders.


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