The CO of the highway Patrol Unit was found inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.
Ameri joined the NYPD in 1993 and was the commanding officer of the 78th Precinct in Park Slope, Brooklyn, before being named the head of the NYPD’s Highway Patrol.
His name surfaced in the ongoing federal police corruption probe and was questioned, but he was never disciplined, police sources said.
Nine police officers have been either stripped of their badges and guns or transferred since late March as federal investigators probe two Orthodox businessmen suspected of plying cops with lavish trips and jewels in return for favors like more police protection,
“I’m sick. … I’m literally sick to my stomach,” said one well-placed police source upon hearing the news. “I can’t believe it.”
In a statement, the NYPD said, “Earlier this afternoon the Suffolk County Police Department informed the New York City Police Department that Inspector Michael Ameri, Commanding Officer of the Highway Patrol Unit, was found deceased in his vehicle of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Babylon, New York. The Suffolk County Police Department will be conducting an investigation and we refer you to them for any further details about this incident.”