Sunday, April 12, 2009
(April 12) - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a U.S. Navy operation that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.
One of the pirates was wounded and in custody after a swift firefight, the official said.
Four days after Somali pirates took the captain of a U.S.-flagged ship hostage off the coast of Somalia, an American intelligence official said Sunday that he has been freed. Richard Phillips, above, was being held captive on a lifeboat after several pirates boarded the the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday in an attempt to hijack it. Phillips surrendered himself to safeguard his menCNN.com: US Warns of Dangers Off Somali Coast
Capt. Richard Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.
WEST BABYLON, N.Y.---- A retired New York City police officer shot an off-duty officer he suspected was having an affair with his police officer wife, then killed himself in the driveway of his suburban home, police said Saturday.
Cecil Ramsay, 51, shot himself in the head after firing at a car carrying his wife and a friend, both off-duty NYPD officers, Suffolk County police said.
He shot Officer Edwin Chittick in the hand after accusing him "of seeing his wife," said Suffolk County Police Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.
"It's our understanding that that is not the case. They're just acquaintances," Fitzpatrick said.
Ramsay fired at least three times at the Mercedes-Benz as his wife, Dady Belfort, drove away with a wounded Chittick, Fitzpatrick said.
He then put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger in front of several construction workers doing work on his home, Fitzpatrick said.
A Mercedes-Benz registered to the address of the West Babylon home -- its driver and passenger seats smeared with blood -- was on the grounds of a Long Island hospital for several hours Saturday.
Ramsay had been ill with heart problems and was awaiting a heart transplant, Fitzpatrick said.
No person is worth killing yourself or hurting another
Off-duty cop shot in possible carjack attempt
April 12, 2009 3:52 AM
An off-duty police officer was shot in what might have been an attempted carjacking in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said.
The incident occurred about 2:50 a.m. in the 8700 block of Halsted Street, News Affairs Officer John Henry said citing preliminary information.
An offender apparently approached and shot the 36-year-old male officer in the arm, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the officer and the offender, Henry said.
The officer was taken to an area hospital in good condition, he said.
Nobody was in custody as of 3:40 a.m., he said.
No further information on the case was immediately available.
What if he wasn't a off duty PO and just a citizen he would be dead because he couldn't return fire law abiding citizens are not allowed to carry guns in Chicago .
Criminals will always have access to guns which leave the citizens defenseless
An off-duty Chicago Police detective charged with killing two men in a drunken-driving crash has been involved in other serious wrecks, including one not far from the scene of Friday’s fatal collision on the Dan Ryan Expy. and another that injured two police officers.
Just last week, Joseph Frugoli was ordered to pay $7,100 to Joseph Cairo after a jury trial involving a 2005 accident.
Joseph Frugoli, the off-duty Chicago Police detective charged with killing two men in a Friday drunken-driving crash, has been involved in previous serious accidents.
Frugoli, now 41, was driving a new BMW sedan that rear-ended Cairo’s Jeep Cherokee on the in-bound Dan Ryan near 31st. Cairo, 65, struck a median and suffered neck and shoulder injuries, while Frugoli went to the hospital for a head injury, records show.
Cairo’s lawyer, Benjamin Kelly of the Vrdolyak Law Group, said Frugoli gave two stories about the accident: he told the State Police at the accident scene that he did not know what happened. But in a legal deposition, Frugoli said Cairo slammed on his brakes, causing the crash. Kelly denied that Cairo caused the collision.
Frugoli also testified that at the time of that 2:50 a.m. accident, he was headed to a bar on Halsted on the Near West Side. He denied he had been drinking. He said he was off-duty and scheduled to work that afternoon.
“The guys from work had called me, told me they were out,” he said in a deposition.
Cairo owns a bar near Midway Airport and was on his way to clean it up, Kelly said. Both men live in the Bridgeport neighborhood near the site of their collision.
“Their cars were demolished,” Kelly said. “By the grace of God, my client wasn’t killed.”
Frugoli’s other accidents include a collision with a Chicago Police car on the South Side.
At 5 a.m. on Jan. 27 of last year, Frugoli was driving a BMW sedan near the intersection of 37th and Wallace in Bridgeport when he allegedly ran a stop sign and struck the police car, injuring two officers, records show.
The officers who responded to the crash were investigated for failing to tell their supervisors in a timely manner that an off-duty officer was involved in the crash, but they were cleared of wrongdoing, sources said. Frugoli was cited in the accident, but the responding officers said they did not have evidence that Frugoli was intoxicated.
The slumtimes is making a big deal out of Frugoli's other accidents which don't inclued any previous DUI's.