07/16/2003

NYC Cop, Woman Found Dead in Roslyn Heights

Officer Down: Lt. Stephen Bouillon - [New York City, New York]

Newsday (New York)

Nassau homicide detectives last night were investigating what police sources said was the shooting deaths of a New York City internal affairs lieutenant and his longtime female companion at their Roslyn Heights home.

The city department identified the man as Lt. Stephen Bouillon, 49, a 23-year veteran who had been a lieutenant for eight years.

Nassau police identified the woman as Joan McHugh, 47, described as his companion for 22 years.

Officially Nassau police would say little last night as detectives milled in and out of the house at 22 Deepdale Parkway. But sources said the two deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide. Late last night, police said both victims had received gunshot wounds.

The two were found in the house at about 2:40 p.m. after Nassau police were notified that the lieutenant had not shown up for work yesterday morning.

A next-door neighbor, Marina Morgikian, said the couple had lived in the house for about three years. "They were always working around the house," Morgikian said. "As I understand it they were getting ready to put in a pool. She used to plant flowers. They didn't seem like people who didn't want to live."

She added that other neighbors had told her the house was locked when police came to look for the couple.

Nassau police said that officers climbed onto the first-floor roof to gain access through an open second-floor bedroom window.

The death of the city police lieutenant would be the second for such an officer within a week. Thursday Lt. Theresa Flannery, 33, was found in her Bellmore apartment with gunshot wounds to the head. It has not been determined whether that death was a homicide or a suicide, according to police. Flannery, a 12-year veteran, worked in the Traffic Control Division in Manhattan.

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