04/13/2006

NY: Shocked by retired cops' deaths

BY LUIS PEREZ. STAFF WRITER
Newsday (New York)

The headlines were enough to shock any New Yorker, in a time when an increasing number of city cops are wounded or killed by gunfire. On Monday, in unrelated incidents, two retired police officers were shot, one fatally, and both allegedly by other police officers.

It is a rarity for sure, experts say, but one that is perhaps expected in a city that is home to the world's largest police force. For one thing, the tens of thousands of officers who have retired during the past decades have been allowed to keep their service revolvers.

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