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Off-duty cop shoots himself in the chest in Brooklyn


An off-duty cop is expected to survive after shooting himself in the chest during a heated argument with his girlfriend in Brooklyn Saturday, police sources said.


The cop, whose name was not released, blasted himself while sitting in the passenger seat of a silver Honda Civic idling at Wythe Ave. and Williamsburg St. West in Williamsburg about 11:10 a.m., officials said. His girlfriend was in the driving.


The cop, who is currently assigned to the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint, has been on the force for two years. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and is expected to survive, police said.


His distraught girlfriend was taken to the 90th Precinct stationhouse to explain to cops what happened and what they were fighting about.


Detectives roped off the car, which was in the middle of the street, as they investigated Saturday.


The officer shot himself during a “possible suicide attempt,” according to a police source.


“This kind of stuff never happens here,” said one block resident who wished not to be named. “So strange.”


Two off-duty NYPD cops committed suicide last month by shooting themselves in the head.


NYPD Detective Nicholas Budney, 36, was found dead at Billy Joe’s Ribworks, a restaurant and music venue overlooking the Hudson River in Newburgh, NY, on Jan. 27.


And Sgt. Joseph Pizzarro, 35, was discovered dead inside the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island on Jan. 13.


The NYPD has offered a variety of suicide prevention programs to their officers over the years and in 2014 launched an “Are You OK?” campaign aimed at promoting mental health awareness.

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