Off-Duty Ramapo Police Officer Accused Of Shooting Neighbor


An off-duty police officer is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor in Orange County, New York.

It happened during an argument Monday night near their homes on Main Street in Cornwall.

Local police and state troopers were at the scene all day Tuesday.

The alleged shooter is an off-duty Ramapo town police officer, Detective Rob Fitzgerald of the Town of Ramapo police in Rockland County.

Fitzgerald reportedly shot and killed his neighbor, 40-year-old Erick Gilmore, after some kind of encounter Monday night.

The case will be presented to a grand jury, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, that grand jury is not meeting currently.

They are hoping to resume in the next two weeks, but there is reportedly a backlog of hundreds of cases.

The detective has been placed on administrative duty.

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  1. “The detective has been placed on administrative duty”

    What?! So this donut eater is free to roam the streets? Why isn’t this murderer behind bars until his court date? Bail reform?
    And then we are told to “respect” these lowlife thugs when they pull us over to harass us?!

  2. Donut eater? How quick you judge without knowing any of the facts. Tell me, cause your name is Not Get Involved, What would you do if a crazed man came to your house threatening you with a knife?

    Here is a little deeper reporting from CBS News.
    Fitzgerald shot and killed his neighbor, 40-year-old Erick Gilmore, after some kind of encounter Monday night.

    “I heard what I thought was a firecracker, came outside, next thing I know was all the police cars and everything,” said Cornwall resident Fred Tessin.

    “It appears at this time there was some type of dispute between the two of them that led to this encounter,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said.

    Hoovler says a knife was recovered at the scene.

    Sources tell CBS2 the victim used the knife to threaten the off-duty cop before the shooting.

    Gilmore has a history of trouble in the recent past. Cornwall police confirm they arrested Erick Gilmore on March 2, and charged him with menacing a town police officer, resisting arrest, and possession of a weapon, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.

    Gilmore lived in a yellow house owned by his father. A neighbor told Aiello off camera that the 40-year-old seemed troubled.

    “I don’t think he was well. I really don’t think he was well,” the neighbor told Aiello.

    Fitzgerald is well respected at Ramapo PD. He has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

    Neighbors say he’s friendly and family-oriented.

    “Last thing I expected. Unfortunate situation,” Tessin said.

    A grand jury will determine if the shooting was justified, and whether charges are appropriate.