3 dead in apparent double murder-suicide by NYC officer
NEW YORK — A city police officer shot her 1-year-old son, the baby’s father, and then herself in an apparent murder-suicide at her home Monday morning, police said.
The bodies were discovered after her 19-year-old son, who was sleeping in his bedroom, heard an argument between the two adults and saw his mother with a gun, said chief police spokesman Paul Browne.
The young man escaped through a window and called 911, but by the time police arrived moments later, the three others were dead, Browne said.
The body of the 33-year-old father, Dason Peters, was found in the entry of the first-floor apartment in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn, authorities said. The bodies of Rosette Samuel, 43, and her baby boy, Dylan, were found face up on the bed in her bedroom.
The couple lived together, but it wasn’t clear if they were married.
The officer and baby were apparently shot in the chest. It was not clear where Peters was struck, or how many rounds were fired. The teenager, Dondre Samuel, who is the officer’s son from a previous relationship, was uninjured.
It was unclear what prompted the dispute. No note was found, and there was nothing in her police records to indicate she had been troubled, authorities said.
Samuel joined the New York Police Department in 2000 and was most recently assigned to a precinct in Queens.