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Spencer Platt

New York City Cop Leaves Note Before Fatally Shooting Himself

Johnny Rios was a seven year veteran of the NYPD. He was 35 years old.

The NYPD is in mourning after a Bronx police officer shot himself in the head. The 35-year-old was a seven-year veteran of the force and left a note for his loved ones before taking his own life.

According to The New York Daily News, it was about 3:30 AM Tuesday (Aug. 14) when Johnny Rios killed himself. His girlfriend was also home.

News of Rios' death is especially tragic as his close friend and fellow officer Kevin Preiss shot himself to death inside his Long Island home. Rios' death is the eighth NYPD suicide in 2019, and the fourth which occurred in June.

Neighbor Robin Granger, 58,  said he heard someone yell "No!" three times before the shot. A moment later Granger tells The Daily News she heard a loud wail.

“She heard the gunshot and she heard somebody screaming “Noooo,” so I looked out her window,” Granger said. “I see the cops are all outside."

Preiss, 53, like his Rios, also worked in The Bronx and shot himself in the head. Two days after Preiss' shooting, Rios posted photos of him on social media. The two worked together in the 50th precinct and were close friends.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan discussed Rios' death during a radio interview shortly after it was made public.

“Currently we have eight this year. That is a very large number," Monahan said. "We want to let our cops know that it’s okay to ask for help. It’s really devastating to see that it continues." (including) last night.”

Monahan said officers have a difficult time finding professional therapy because of their type of insurance. Attempting to set up a counseling session has proven challenging since a cop's schedule isn't set.

“We’re bringing in outside resources to talk to the cops," Monahan said. "We’re looking to make a lot of changes within the organization itself. We looking at bringing peer counselors into the (commands). We’re looking to hire a lot more counselors and psychologists.”

 

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Florida Gunman Convicted Of Manslaughter In Fatal Parking Lot Shooting

A Florida jury convicted a white gunman of killing an unarmed black father during an argument over a parking space. Jurors deliberated for more than six hours before finding Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter in the July 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.

McGlockton, 28, was gunned down in front of his 5-year-old son in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station. The father of three was coming to his girlfriend’s defense after she was confronted by Drejka for parking in a handicap space while McGlockton ran into the store. Drejka, who alleged self-defense, claimed that he opened fire after McGlockton took “one step” towards him and shoved him. Drejka attempted to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to justify the fatal shooting, and saw no fault in his actions.

“I followed the law the way I thought the law was supposed to be followed. I cleared every hurdle that the law had to put in front of me,” he told a local news station last year.

Prosecutors argued that Drejka provoked the confrontation and video surveillance confirmed that McGlockton was backing away from Drejka. The state’s self-defense argument doesn’t apply if the shooter caused the altercation.

Drejka, who faces up to 30 years in prison, had no reaction to the verdict, CBS News reports. He remains held without bond and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 10.

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Beverly Hills Realtor Accused Of Robbing Homes Of Usher And More Celebrities

A Beverly Hills real estate agent and his accomplish stand accused of burglarizing the homes of Usher, Jason Derulo, Adam Lambert, reality stars former athletes and more celebrity homes by using open house events to steal their belongings, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced Thursday (Aug. 22).

Jason Yaselli, 32, and Benjamin Ankerman, 33, have been locked up for about a week. The duo faces 32 counts of money laundering, 12 counts of first-degree residential burglary, two counts of identity theft, double counts of residential burglary with a person present, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. They are also charged with obtaining more than $500,000 through fraud and embezzlement.

Ackerman, who was arrested on Aug. 15, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on Aug. 19. His bail has been set at $1.2 million, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3. Yaselli, a Keller Williams Realty employee who was arrested on Aug. 16, was arraigned on Aug. 23. The prosecutor recommended a $1.73 million bail for Yaselli.

According to the criminal complaint, Yaselli was the mastermind behind the burglaries which took place between Dec. 2016 and Aug. 2018. He allegedly encouraged Ankerman to “steal luxury items from 14 homes, sell them and use the proceeds to make payments on Yaselli’s credit card.”

The case is still being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department. If convicted, Yaselli and Ankerman face a maximum of 31 years in prison.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Family Announces Launch Of Neighborhood Nip Foundation

Nipsey Hussle’s loved ones have started a charity organization in his honor. The late rapper, activist and entrepreneur's family recently launched the Neighborhood Nip Foundation, aimed at continuing the slain rapper’s efforts to help his community, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday (Aug. 23).

“The foundation will be aligned with everything Nip believed in and what helped him,” Hussle’s brother, Sam Asghedom, told news outlet.

To kick things off, Atlantic Records made a six-figure donation to the non-profit organization, which draws its name from Hussle’s “Neighborhood Nip” moniker. “They wanted to be the first to donate. It’s important we let people know that,” Asghedom said of the record label that released Hussle’s Victory Lap debut.

“Nipsey will be forever missed, but his courageous, generous spirit lives on in his incredible music and the impact he made on the community. Nip’s love for the generation coming up behind him is a big part of what’s inspiring this foundation, and we’re proud to celebrate his life by supporting his legacy,” Atlantic’s chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and chairman and COO Julie Greenwald said in a statement to The Times.

Although Hussle’s family are still working out the programs to be offered by the Neighborhood Nip Foundation, one of the organization’s main goals will be to help youth interested in breaking into music.

In addition to financial backing from Atlantic, Puma is also lending a helping hand. The company, which collaborated with Hussle prior to his death, will donate 100% of the proceeds from the forthcoming Puma x TMC capsule collection debuting next month.

News of the Neighborhood Nip Foundation comes a week after the family quietly celebrated what would have been Hussle’s 34th birthday.

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