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Insp. Michael Ameri not target of investigation, NYPD says

The commanding officer of the NYPD's Highway Patrol

The commanding officer of the NYPD's Highway Patrol Unit was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday May 13, 2016 on Long Island, an NYPD spokesman said. Authorities discovered Insp. Michael Ameri in his vehicle parked on Bergen Avenue in West Babylon around 12:42 p.m., police said. Photo Credit: NYPD

NYPD Insp. Michael Ameri was not grilled by federal investigators or the subject of a corruption probe in the days before he took his life Friday, an NYPD official said Monday.

Ameri had been interviewed by federal officials in March as part of a probe into possible bribes and illegal gratuities by private Brooklyn businessmen but was not considered a subject of the investigation, an NYPD spokesman said.

“He cooperated, as have others in the police department,” said department spokesman Stephen Davis, adding he was present when Commissioner William Bratton said the same thing to a reporter earlier in the day.

Ameri, 44, commander of the NYPD Highway Patrol unit, was found dead in his vehicle on Bergen Avenue in West Babylon on Friday afternoon from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. NYPD officials were unclear as to what might have provoked Ameri to take his life.

Davis’s remarks Monday reiterated what union officials other sources have told Newsday — that while Ameri had been questioned by investigators in the past he was not a subject or target of any corruption probe.

Ameri’s wake is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Mangano Funeral Home in Deer Park. A funeral Mass will be offered Thursday at 10:15 a.m. at S.S. Cyril and Methodius Roman Cathollic Church, also in Deer Park.

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