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Nassau Police Officer Killed in Massapequa Park

The victim is the second county cop killed in the line of duty in a little more than a month.

UPDATE: Officials have ID'd the slain Nassau police officer as Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, 40, a 12-year vet.

A Nassau County Police officer was shot and killed Saturday night in Massapequa Park, police said.

The victim, a plain-clothed special operations officer, was reportedly chasing a suspect near the Long Island Rail Road along Front Street when he was shot by another cop.

The officer was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, where he died of his wounds at 9:19 p.m., according to NUMC Public Affairs Director Shelley Lotenberg.

Two other officers were sent to the hospital with trauma-related injuries, according to a police spokesman. The suspect, meanwhile, was also shot and killed.

According to detectives, police first came on the scene when a suspicious person with weapons was walking near Front Street. The officers chased the subject eastbound on Front Street, where he fled on foot to a residence at 5 Fourth Street. The suspect then barricaded himself inside a room at that location. Officers entered the residence. At that point, the suspect, identified in one report as Anthony DiGeronimo, emerged from the room with a knife and attacked the officers. That's when the officers shot and killed the suspect.

The Nassau Police officer was also shot, accidentally, at that time.

As for DiGeronimo, according to his Facebook profile, he was an anarchist, and he listed his religious view as Theistic Satanist.

This marks the second death in the line of duty this year for Nassau police. Prior, no county cops had been killed in the line of duty since 1993.

Theresa C March 14, 2011 at 03:33 AM
Have you seen the knife's this kid had on him?? So your saying that if you were in the officers shoe's that shot the kid, that you would try to stop him by saying PLEASE!!! stop or i'll tazer you or better yet mace you. If you were to try it your way there would be two dead cop's & one dead kid... AN example of your way happend today. An officer in the city was thrown off a balcony to his dealth trying to reason with an emotionaly unstable person. How are they going to fix him put him in jail were he gets 3 squares a day. Now thats a waste of tax payers money! I want to take this time to THANK!! all the NCPD officers for every thing they do. You know like running towards danger instead of running away like everyone else. GOD bless them ALL.
Jim March 14, 2011 at 04:44 AM
Theresa could not have said it any better.
Bob March 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM
hope you never have a child or grandchild that is a police officer! So does that go for our young men and women serving our country too? They know its dangerous, so oh well if they get killed on the job?? You sound heartless "anonymous", hope you think about your statement if you ever have to call 911 for yourself or family. Shame on you!
Jason Molinet March 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Yet another update on the tragedy Saturday night: http://massapequa.patch.com/articles/slain-massapequa-park-man-remains-an-enigma
Anonymous March 14, 2011 at 01:44 PM
You all hold police officers so highly above other people that it is absolutely disgraceful in itself. I know and grew up with many officers and I still think the way Matt does. It is a job that they are doing: plain and simple. They are getting paid for their services. WE are paying them for their services to their community. And they get damn good benefits for it. You all hold the officers in our community so high on their pedastools that the lives of our nieghbors mean nothing to you. The fact is that officers as employees are replaceable. There are thousands of men and woman who have passed their test and are just waiting to be called by the NYPD. People's lives are not replaceable. So while yes, I am sorry for the man who left behind a wife and two children. I am sorry that his life is gone. But I am sorry for the young kid who had mental issues that wasn't allowed the chance to get the help he needed. I am even more sorry for the parents that had witnessed it. If you all hold cops to such a high standard, go live in Malverne. There is a police force for a town that is literally one square mile. And that town border is where their jurisdiction ends. You then tell me that when your teenage son is being harassed for walking home from the bus station that you should still hold cops to that same standard. On a last note, I am STILL and EVEN MORESO ashamed to even be a human being in this world where there are people like you, holding one person's life over anothers.
Anonymous March 14, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Do you have no compasson? Do you have no conscience? Who the hell do you all think you are? Do you all think you're the creators of the world and that you can pick and choose who dies and who lives? You all want to play god? That kid's life does not mean any more or any less than you or I and does not mean any less than the officer that died. Shame on you for thinking that. How were you raised? Do you think a cop's life is more important than your son or daughter's? And what about all those dirty cops that do more hurt than good? Do they deserve more respect than a bus driver trying to make ends meet for his family? Truth is you all are missing the point here. It's not about this article anymore. It's not about this situation anymore. It's that you all are willing to put one life ahead of the other simply because of an occupation. A cop should have no more respect than that of a waitress or a dentist or a taxi driver. It is a job. They knew the risks when they signed up. They get heavily rewarded for their services-moreso than they should. You bring the shame to the human race. It's people like you that make the world such a terrible place.
Daniela March 14, 2011 at 02:05 PM
My condolences to both families. While I think the parents of this clearly disturbed kid could have done more, they still lost a child. As a parent you hope and pray you never see the day that you will have to bury one of your children no matter who they are or what they've done. As for the police officer and all those individuals putting their lives at risk each and everyday for us I say THANKS!! I think we take forgranted our freedom and safety and forget the sacrifice and courage the police, fire and military men and women make for us.Let's keep all those in harms way in our thoughts and prayers.
T March 14, 2011 at 02:06 PM
I find it senseless to directly entertain the disgusting comments made by ignorant people. People which Officer Breitkopf spent his career and life both proffesionally and voluntarily protecting. Let us mourn this tragic loss. Honor this decorated ncpd officer, remember all the countless lives he saved, protected and touched. Shame on anyone who has time in their day or such ingnorance and hate in their hearts to do anything less. My prayers are with him, his family, those involved and the nassau county police department family as we mourn this tragic loss.
Jim March 14, 2011 at 02:08 PM
you are a disgrace. you obviously have no true idea to what police work entails. You should be quiet and go back to your pointless bus driving you imbecile. You show me a dentist that has the chance to get shot and killed every time he goes to work and ill show you a pig that can fly.
Anonymous March 14, 2011 at 03:04 PM
It is a choice to get into the line of work where you're going to get shot at. If you don't want to get shot, don't become a cop. Simple as that.
Anonymous March 14, 2011 at 03:06 PM
And shame on you, T, for thinking one life is more important than another.
T March 14, 2011 at 03:18 PM
If you don't want to get shot don't attempt to kill a police officer with a hunting knife.
T March 14, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Shame on you for posting your ignorant filth. If you believe so strongly in this go dedicate your time to consoling his family instead of wasting your time here insulting the men and women of law enforcement who dedicate there lives to protecting the citizens of this great country.
Jason Molinet March 14, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Services are set for fallen officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf http://massapequa.patch.com/announcements/services-set-for-fallen-nassau-county-police-officer
Howie March 14, 2011 at 03:28 PM
The only one that is bringing shame on the human race is you anonymous. Nobody has said that anyones life is more important than anyone elses. Yet you have seized this opportunity to get on your distorted soapbox and preach your warped sense of values to those who cant see past the fact that you either failed the police test or couldnt talk your way out of a ticket and now hold a lifelong grudge against all police. You are so gung ho to stick up for the life of the criminal as opposed to the officer in this situation. I'm not placing a value on either. But I will ask you who caused the situation to begin with? And what were the motivations of the participants? The youth that was killed was menacing the neighborhood and threatened an elderly woman witha knife and charged at the police with knives before he was subdued. The police were there in a capacity of protecting the community. Which do you feel was in the right? Go ahead. Let me hear your distorted logic desecrate and disrespect this man who died protecting his community a day ago some more. His life may not have had more value as compared to another philisophically, but he was certainly on the side of right in this instance and you continually ranting to the contrary only proves my initial contention that it is YOU that is the actual shame to the human race!!
Jason Molinet March 14, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Tone it down folks.
patti March 14, 2011 at 03:30 PM
The only thing simple is you. Geez, I've lost count of all the people I have met who "want" to get shot. This is a tragedy for the officer's family as well as the young man's family. Officers are trained to neutralize a threat, not only to them but to others who may be in the vicinity. An EDP coming at you with a hunting knife is a threat. The idea of a cop shooting a weapon out of someone's hand is a myth perpetrated by Hollywood. They are taught to seek the largest target to bring down the threat. A hand is a relatively small target in and of itself and in many cases flailing unpredictably. So you feel it would have been better for this cop to shoot at the hand, probably miss and wind up with a knife in him or one of the young man's parents? Most officers retire from the force without ever being shot (or at). Many retire without ever firing their weapon in the line of duty.
kmc March 14, 2011 at 05:16 PM
All the events that transpired in this incident are tragic and my condolences go out to all involved. The citizens of Nassau County have the right to leave their homes without fear that some seriously deranged individual is going to jump on their car and menace them (terrorize them) with a foot long knife, while dressed in a manner again meant to terrorize. Stop calling this person a "kid", he was of adult age and I have yet to hear how in any way this individual was contributing to society or attempting to better himself. There has been no mention of him having a job or attending school. Just a lot of pathetic pictures of him holding ridiculously large knives, making even more pathetic faces. A huge percentage of our military forces are his age and even younger, so are many Law Enforcement Officers. The parents and other individuals who knew how troubled this man was and did nothing bear much responsibility. This was a train wreck in the making for a really long time. All I can say to ANONYMOUS is your thought process is quite demented and you are in need of serious assistance.
Kathleen March 14, 2011 at 07:39 PM
anonymous, other professions are not out there day and night risking thier lives. We are not out there protecting anyone, the police are. Have you read DiGeronimo's facebook page? He was not sick he was a satan worshiper, sadomasochist who stated in one of his posts he wanted to cram a bloody crucifix down someones throat. His friend Thomas McCreepy is posting and blaming the elderly lady who called the cops on AD's death and posted her first and last name (I only hope she is protected and safe) , in addition to stating they think they should get together and do something about this against the police. AD had knives and had every intention of hurting the officer he was into giving pain and receiving it guess what he got what he got pleasure from "pain" before he could give it.
Theresa C March 14, 2011 at 08:18 PM
To: ANONYMOUS in my reply I did not say the cops life was more valuable, I was just sticking up for the officers decision to shoot 21 year old witch you feel was uncalled for. And as for the GOOD benifits, there the same benifits that any civil service employee gets for the county or state. for ex. garbage men,dog catcher, OH and bus driver.And yes they do choose to take that life risking job so that the cowards wont have too. And we know you must be one of those because you don't even have balls to put your name on your blogs.
Baghdad Bob March 14, 2011 at 10:29 PM
SEJ, why would they use anything but a firearm against someone trying to attack them with a knife? And why should they not shoot someone simply because someone was asking them not to? If I was trying to stab you, would you not defend yourself if someone else were asking you not to? That is ridiculous.
Baghdad Bob March 14, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Anonymous, how is it a "tragedy" that DiGeronimo was killed? What is it exactly that he was a "victim" of? He was a sick, sadistic, Satan-worshipping piece of garbage. The only tragedy is that he lived long enough to precipitate this horrible chain of events. Shoot him in the hands or knees? Seriously? Perhaps you are the one who suffers from some sort of mental issues. You believe the world is in a downward spiral because the police shoot "bad guys" dead? I would counter that the world is in a downward spiral because cowardly, ignorant neanderthals feel empowered by the the ease and anonymity of the internet to post nonsensical ideas about serious subjects. May the officer rest in peace, may the MTA officer be comforted, and may the satanic psychopath roast in Hell for eternity.
John J Fox Sr. March 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Let our DA make sure the MTA cop was not not on anything?? drugs--booze!!
Baghdad Bob March 14, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Anonymous obviously has some mental health issues of his own, and feels empowered by the anonymity of the internet to spew hateful and divisive nonsense. He feels that a police officer dying in the line of duty is an acceptable occupational hazard, while worshipping Satan, dressing like a lunatic and running around threatening people with knives should not warrant being shot. Not only is that line of thinking illogical, but it is morally offensive to anyone who is not a worthless, unemployed occultist. If the Patch is so intent on censoring comments, perhaps they can remove those posted for the express purpose of inflaming the public's sensibility, rather than those that merely contain adult language.
Catherine March 14, 2011 at 10:51 PM
With all due respect for the responding police officers, I can't help but wonder if the tragic death of the Police Officer and Anthony could have been avoided. Maybe if the police officers approached the situation less aggressively, and did not back Anthony into a corner it could have ended with Anthony alive and receiving the help he needed. Why wasn't removing Anthony from the house left to a trained negotiator? He was locked in his bedroom and not an immediate danger to anyone. I think the situation was handled very badly by the police.
Baghdad Bob March 14, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Matt, deciding to "put a bullet in a 21-year-old kid's head" is probably not a hard decision when that "kid" is charging at you with a knife. You sound like another poster here, trying to play games with statistics. I'm not sure how many civilians have been killed by NCPD since 1993. Since you feel it is relevant, perhaps you can tell us. But when (if) you do, perhaps you can also explain what those civilians were doing that got them killed by the police.
Baghdad Bob March 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Matt, he didn't deserve to be killed? Based on what? Your powers of clairvoyance? Newsflash: run around with knives threatening people, run from the police, and then lunge at them with a knife, and you deserve to be killed. If you think otherwise, perhaps you would be willing to share whatever drug you're on with the rest of us.
Baghdad Bob March 14, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Matt, I have a proposal for you. I suggest a few of us meet in person. We'll all stand around, and then I'll try to stab you with a knife. You can arm yourself with a gun if you like, but remember, you're not allowed to use it. Everyone else can have guns too, but according to you, they can't use them either. So you and everyone can just stand there, and I'll try to stab you. Sound fair?
Baghdad Bob March 14, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Ah, the truth emerges. You are a teenager who feels "harassed" by the Malverne police, so you feel the need to insult all police officers and stick up for a satanic degenerate in the process. Good job! With an outlook like that, you are guaranteed to go far in life. I don't put anyone on a "pedastool" (sic) but I do think that some people are pathetic wastes of oxygen. The degenerate with the knives is one such person. The truth of the matter, contrary to your assertions, is that all people are not equal. A person who worships Satan, wears bizarre clothing and threatens people with knives is not the equal of a police officer. Nor is he the equal of a doctor, plumber, bus driver, etc. So yes, I do hold the value of some people's lives as superior to others. If you claim that you do not, then you are either a liar or mentally defective.
Baghdad Bob March 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Anonymous, becoming a cop is a choice but charging at the police with knives is not? LOL. If you don't want to get shot, don't threaten the police with knives. Simple as that. You are a sick individual.

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