Posted on: May 15, 2022 01:27 am.
Last updated on: May 15, 2022 05:36.
A man recently identified as an off-duty security guard at Resorts World Catskills Casino in Monticello, New York was fatally wounded by an off-duty NYPD officer last week. According to media reports, it was linked to an apparent love triangle involving the police officer’s wife. The officer then shot himself with his department-issued firearm.
The late casino warden is Edward Wilkins, 20, of Wurtsboro, New York, New York media reported, based on information from the Wallkill Police Department.
The late NYPD officer is Sean Armstead, 36, of Port Jervis, NY, the reports add. He had worked as a police officer in New York City for 10 years.
The bloody Mother’s Day shooting took place outside of Middletown’s Buffalo Wild Wings, according to a statement by Wallkill Police Chief Robert Hertman. Middletown is a small community about 76 miles north of New York City.
Sunday night’s incident began with Armstead driving his car into Wilkins’ vehicle, police said. The two then got into an argument. Armstead began shooting at Wilkins, police add. He used his NYPD-issued 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol.
Guard was shot 16 times
Wilkins ran into the parking lot of the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings. But the shots continued. According to news reports, Wilkins was injured 16 times in the head and back.
Afterward, Armstead fatally shot himself once in the head, the reports add. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The incident is being investigated by the New York State Attorney’s Office and the Wallkill Police Department.
Was supposed to be a friend of cops wife
The men knew each other before the murder-suicide. Wilkins was reportedly in a romantic relationship with Armstead’s wife, identified by the New York Post as Alexandra Vanderheyden, 35.
He worked at Vanderheyden’s dog walking company, the newspaper further reported, citing unnamed sources.
Hundreds of mourners attended his wake at William M. Gagan’s funeral home on Saturday New York Post called.
Vanderheyden did not attend the weekend watch New York Post called.
The woman was not injured in the bloody incident. She was in the area where the shooting took place to meet up with Wilkins at a Wallkill hotel, the newspaper claimed.
Armstead had tracked her phone to the location that Hudson Valley Posta local newspaper added.
Grandma accuses his alleged lover
Another woman, who identified herself as Wilkins’ grandmother, said so New York Post at the funeral home: “I blame the woman.”
It’s a terrible tragedy.” added the grieving grandmother. “He just turned 20. His birthday was April 12.”