2012-03-29 / Front Page

Former cop shoots up home

.45-caliber gun used; was confrontation with police sought?
Eric Gross

Former Brewster Police Officer Pat Frezza was admitted to Putnam Hospital Center Friday after firing three rounds from a .45 caliber handgun inside his Mahopac home following a dispute with his wife.

Carmel Police Chief Michael Johnson said the incident was reported at 7:52 a.m. when a dispatcher received a call from a third party who had spoken to a family friend via telephone: "The woman advised the acquaintance that her 50-year old husband was emotionally distraught and following the dispute fired his handgun inside their home on Wayacross Road."

The chief said the woman fled the house with her children leaving the man alone inside.

Police surrounded the building while officers evacuated neighboring residences since Frezza was known to have a large cache of firearms.

Johnson said the suspect contacted his wife by phone and "advised her to call police because he wanted to have a confrontation with officers."

The highly trained Putnam County Emergency Response Team was summoned and following an hour of negotiations between Frezza and Officers Thomas Raffaele and Richard Rosario, Frezza surrendered without further incident before being taken to the hospital for what the chief described as "mental evaluation."

Johnson said before surrendering, Frezza had placed an "arsenal of loaded rifles and guns on his bed in anticipation of a firefight with police."

Frezza was a former Yonkers police officer before joining the Brewster PD several years ago to head up its Canine Division.

Brewster Police Chief John DelGardo told the Courier Friday that Frezza had resigned from the village force five weeks ago. He did not elaborate.

Frezza's dog Cezar died last year after losing a bout with cancer and in February the village received another canine from a Garrison dog trainer.

Carmel Police said the investigation was continuing with criminal charges expected against the former cop.



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