Gerard Benderoth (above) fatally shot himself last week during a traffic stop by the FBI.
Benderoth was reportedly wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide we reported on in December.
The 48-year-old, like Nicholas Tartaglione, was an ex-NYPD cop and body builder. Benderoth was reportedly named 10th strongest man in the country in 2008.
It is unclear if Tartaglione has been convicted yet. However, lohud of USA Today reported in January:
Tartaglione had a sketchy law enforcement career that started with jobs in four police departments in just three years: Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Pawling and Briarcliff Manor. The nine years he spent in Briarcliff were marked by brutality complaints, a perjury charge for which he was acquitted, a firing that was reversed in court; he spent the final four years out of work on disability after his elbow was injured when he was struck by a car.
Speculation by New York Post indicates Benderoth’s suicide prevented an imminent indictment by the FBI.
This is relevant because earlier today, U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York Preet Bharara was terminated after refusing to resign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday asked for the resignations of the 46 attorney general remaining from the Obama administration, as is customary with regime change. The other 48 AGs had already resigned before Friday.
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Bharara was apparently slated to prosecute Tartaglione (and, prior to his demise, Benderoth) following his December indictment of the accused four-body dropper.
Thanks to our sources: