NYPD Highway Inspector Michael Ameri found dead in apparent suicide

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WEST BABYLON, Long Island – The head of the NYPD’s highway unit was found dead Friday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Inspector Michael Ameri, commanding officer of the NYPD Highway District, was discovered in his car in West Babylon, Long Island, police said. An investigation is underway but preliminary information suggests his death was a suicide.

Before leading the department’s highway unit, Ameri served as the commanding officer in Brooklyn’s 78th Precinct.

It was in that role that Ameri drew praise for his connection to the community. In 2014, Ameri was spotted personally shoveling leftover snow covering a bike lane in Prospect Park.

Recently, a number of the officers under Ameri’s command were questioned as part of corruption probe involving allegedly bribery for highway escorts.