An on-duty police officer distressed by his girlfriend’s Facebook communications with another person killed himself on a Murray Hill street right in front of her, saying “I love you.”
Philip Chlanda, 29, who was assigned to the First Precinct in TriBeCa, reportedly went on a meal break around 3 a.m. Tuesday and got into a heated argument with his girlfriend about whether she was in touch with someone else on the website.
“He was left with the impression she might leave him,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the Daily News.
The couple continued the argument near Chlanda’s squad car, parked outside 138 E. 36th St., where the four-year veteran with an “unblemished record” pulled out his 9 mm revolver. He then told his 26-year-old girlfriend that he loved her, and shot himself in the head.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chlanda’s death was reportedly the NYPD’s first suicide since last year, when two officers ended their lives.