Orange County, NY – An off-duty New York Police Department (NYPD) officer fatally shot the man he believed was having an affair with his wife before taking his own life on Sunday night.
The shootings occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on May 8 in the parking lot of the Buffalo Wild Wings located on Route 211 in Wallkill, News 12 Brooklyn reported.
Sources told the New York Daily News that the off-duty police officer in a Dodge Charger was tailing his wife and her boyfriend, who were driving in a Hyundai.
Then the Charger suddenly crashed into the other car.
Police sources told the New York Daily News that after the wreck, the boyfriend jumped out of the car and fled on foot.
The off-duty officer got out of the Charger and chased him.
Police sources said that when the husband caught up with his wife’s boyfriend, he fatally shot him, the New York Daily News reported.
Gary DeYoung was staying nearby at La Quinta Inn & Suites and was out walking his dog when the incident occurred, News 12 Brooklyn reported.
“Then one guy jumps out, comes over here and starts shooting away,” DeYoung recalled. “And I was like ‘whoa.’”
“I called 911,” he continued. “By that time, there was two deceased on the ground here in the parking lot.”
DeYoung said that he heard gunfire from two different weapons during the shooting, News 12 Brooklyn reported.
“Police not confirming anything at this time. But two people covered with body bags or tarp were seen in the parking lot with cops and detectives hovering around them,” Mark Lieb of Rockland Video told the Hudson Valley Post.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene to assist Wallkill police, including the New York State Police, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Middletown Police Department.