Yesterday was a sad day for the NYPD. I was just beginning to get my day together yesterday morning when I got a text from a friend: Sorry about police officer. Since Roc was home with me, I didn't completely panic, but I hadn't checked the news yet. Once I did I found out about one of our own being shot and killed by yet another career criminal.
Officer Peter Figoski was shot in the face early Monday.
Two years after he could have retired from police work with a full pension, Figoski was responding to a routine call — backing up other officers checking out a report of an apartment break-in in Brooklyn.
He was met by a fleeing suspect who shot the 22-year police veteran in the face and killed him, police said.
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Here's what bothered me the most: He was shot once at so close a range his collar brass flew off.
This man died (read: was murdered) two weeks before Christmas and leaves behind four daughters. My heart broke for this family when I heard the news and I know that I will be thinking of them over the Holidays, praying for some way for them to find peace in the midst of this awful tragedy.
In a totally unrelated story, a borough apart, a retired NYPD Officer shot and killed his wife in a heated domestic dispute. This is another seemingly senseless tragedy that her family will have to unravel throughout the holidays and beyond.
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Rest In Peace Officer Peter Figoski and Tracey Young.