NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer shot her 1-year-old son, the baby's father and then herself in an apparent double 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, awoke to the sound of an argument and saw his mother with a gun, said chief police spokesman Paul Browne. The young man went back into his bedroom where he 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 on a quiet, tree-lined street 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 gun was by her side.
The officer used her service weapon, a semiautomatic Glock handgun. She and baby were apparently struck in the chest. Peters was shot in the torso. Police say possibly four rounds were fired but it's not clear how many times Dylan and Peters were hit.
The two were a couple but were not married, police said.
The teenager, Dondre Samuel, who is the officer's son from a previous relationship, was uninjured.
It was unclear what prompted the dispute. Police have not discovered a note, and there was nothing in Rosette Samuel's police records to indicate she had been troubled, authorities said. There were no reports of domestic violence.
Ionie Brown-Johnson, a retired health care worker who lives four doors down from Samuel, said the two women would greet each other when the officer took the baby for walks, either cradling him or pushing him in a stroller.