NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – An off-duty NYPD rookie officer is being questioned in connection with the shooting death of his childhood friend on Long Island.
The 25-year-old victim was shot in the head and died in front of a house on Langdon Road, a normally quiet tree-lined street in Farmingdale, around 8 p.m. Tuesday.
"There was an altercation between two gentlemen. It started over a conversation that they were having," Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. "They met up, a struggle ensued, during that stuggle a weapon was produced and the victim was shot and killed."
Ryder said the two lived nearby. They were not residents of Langdon Road.
"Suspect and victim were childhood friends, they grew up together," Ryder said. "They lived near each other, they were friendly, they did know each other, they somehow got into a disagreement last night and that's when the weapon was produced."
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said his department was notified of the shooting. Shea said the officer discharged his firearm and "an individual was struck in the head and killed.''
The names of the officer and the man who was shot were not released.
The officer is being called a person of interest and has not been charged with any crime.
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan told Newsday the officer has been suspended without pay for 30 days in the wake of the shooting.