Two Suffolk County police officers have been suspended without pay in connection with a report of shots fired earlier this month in East Shoreham, the police department confirmed Monday.
The department said it is conducting both a criminal probe and an internal affairs investigation into the report of shots fired on Aug. 3 at about 11:10 p.m. No injuries were reported, but the department declined to release details.
“Two officers have been suspended in connection to the incident,” Derek Poppe, a police department spokesman, said in an email Monday. “The investigation is continuing.”
The suspended officers were identified as Sixth Precinct Officers Patrick Steinbrecher and Daniel Boylan, who were off-duty at the time of the alleged incident, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. Steinbrecher and Boylan, who have been suspended since the day after the incident, could not be reached for comment Monday.
In an interview, Noel DiGerolamo, president of the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, the union representing the department’s rank-and-file, said the officers were accused of firing guns. He would not say whether the incident involved the officers’ service weapons or other firearms.
“The way it’s been presented to me is that two individuals were reckless with their firearms and I have not been provided with any proof that such conduct happened,” said DiGerolamo. “The only thing I’ve been provided with is the allegations and I’ve been told there’s an ongoing investigation.”
DiGerolamo added: “Regarding the two individuals that you mentioned, my understanding is that there have been no formal charges presented against them by the district attorney’s office. I’m aware that misconduct is alleged, but I am not aware that any misconduct has been found to be true and accurate in the way it’s been presented.”
Tania Lopez, a spokeswoman for Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney, declined to comment.
Both officers began working for the police department in October 2017 and Steinbrecher made $118,149 last year while Boylan was paid $94,040, according to Newsday’s 2021 payroll database.