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Off-duty NYPD cop fatally shoots wife’s suspected lover before killing himself outside suburban Buffalo Wild Wings

Off-duty NYPD cop fatally shoots wife’s suspected lover before killing himself outside suburban Buffalo Wild Wings

New York (Writer)-An off-duty NYPD cop fatally shot a young man he suspected was having an affair with his wife, then turned the gun on himself, NYPD sources said Monday.

The murder-suicide happened about 10:40 p.m. Sunday outside Buffalo Wild Wings on Route 211 in Wallkill, Orange County, N.Y., authorities said.

Officer Sean Armstead, 36, took a sick day and tracked his wife and the man he believed was her lover, Edward Wilkins, 20, to the La Quinta hotel on Route 211, police sources said.

They left the hotel in separate cars, and Armstead tailed Wilkins’ vehicle — crashing into it at the Buffalo Wild Wings a short drive away, sources said.

The young boyfriend got out of the damaged vehicle and ran, but the cop chased him down and shot him in the head, then shot him again after he slumped to the ground, sources said.

Gary DeYoung recounted that he was walking his dog when he heard the crash.

“Then one guy jumps out, comes over here and starts shooting away,” DeYoung told News 12. “I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I called 911. By that time, there was two deceased on the ground here in the parking lot.”

Armstead and Wilkins, of upstate Wurtsboro, died at the scene.

Wallkill police recovered a Glock 19 handgun and several spent shell casings from the scene.

Armstead, who lived in Port Jervis, joined the NYPD in July 2011 and was assigned to a public housing command in the Bronx, authorities said.

Attempts to reach his wife and Wilkins’ family were unsuccessful Monday.

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