- Associated Press - Saturday, October 17, 2015

MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The widow of a police officer killed in a friendly fire shooting on Long Island has settled her lawsuit against the MTA and others over the death.

A lawyer for Paula Breitkopf tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1MvFoVu ) that Breitkopf has settled her 2012 lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

Breitkopf’s husband, Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf, arrived after other officers shot and killed an emotionally disturbed, knife-wielding man inside his home in Massapequa Par on March 12, 2011.

An MTA officer fired at Breitkopf, killing him.

A 2012 report by then-District Attorney Kathleen Rice found that MTA Officer Glen Gentile did not know that Breitkopf was a police officer. No charges were filed.

Jeffrey Kimmel, the attorney for Breitkopf’s family, said the settlement will allow the family to begin the healing process.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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