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Insp. Michael Ameri not target of investigation, NYPD says

Michael Ameri, commanding officer of the NYPD's Highway

Michael Ameri, commanding officer of the NYPD's Highway Patrol Unit, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday, May 13, 2016 in West Babylon, an NYPD spokesman said. 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 NYPD 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’ remarks Monday reiterated what union officials and 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 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 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 Catholic Church, also in Deer Park.

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