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    A police officer shot and killed himself early today outside a Manhattan apartment building, authorities said.
    Philip Chlanda, 29, who is assigned to Tribeca's 1st Precinct, was so distraught that his girlfriend would leave him that he shot himself in the head in front of the her, police said.
    Chlanda left the precinct stationhouse before 3 a.m. in the middle of his shift and drove to East 37th Street and Lexington Avenue, where he lived with his parents and girlfriend.
    Sources said the cop was upset that his girlfriend had been communicating with someone on Facebook.

    Once there, the officer and his girlfriend got into a heated verbal argument inside the third-floor apartment. He became distraught once the girlfriend said she was going to leave him.
    That's when the cop left the apartment and went to his squad car parked in front of 138 East 38th Street and pulled out his 9mm, police said.
    The girlfriend, who has not been identified, ran after him.
    With his girlfriend looking on, the cop said, "I love you" to her before he pulled the trigger and shot himself. The woman called 911 at 3:20 a.m., police said.
    The cop, who has been with the NYPD since 2007, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died.

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    Retired NYPD detective busted trying to score entry to awards dinner

    A retired NYPD detective was busted last night for posing as the director of a city agency in order to score free entry to a $1,100-a-seat awards dinner at a swank Midtown hotel, authorities said.
    Allen Caplan, 52, allegedly told officials at the Institutional Investor Magazine’s Second Annual U.S. Investment Management Awards, being held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, that he was “David Kanovitz,” director of the Financial Information Services Agency (FISA).
    The evening honors financial professionals for their achievements in the investment field.

    There was just one big glaring hole in Caplan’s story: there is no “Kanovitz” at FISA and the agency had no reason to attend the ritzy gala, authorities said.
    Caplan, a 25-year vet who served from January 1984 through February 2009, was spied at the event by an undercover investigator identifying himself as “Kanovitz,” and sporting an ID badge with the same name on his jacket pocket.
    Caplan was so committed to the ruse that under questioning he allegedly told the undercover he was from the “City of New York.”
    Prior to the event, Caplan had sent an organizer an email identifying himself as “Kanovitz,” authorities said. Event officials reached out to FISA, who in turn notified the city’s Department of Investigation.
    Caplan was arrested early this morning and charged with attempted grand larceny and criminal impersonation.
    "The defendant fraudulently used the name of a City agency to gain free access to an expensive, private sector financial awards dinner, according to the criminal complaint. Impersonating a City official can have a variety of problematic consequences, which is why it is a crime,” said DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn.

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    'Rape cops' are 'New York's worst, not finest': prosecution

    New York's Finest? Try New York's "worst."
    Spitfire Manhattan prosecutor Coleen Balbert launched into a four-hour summation this morning in the sensational "rape cops" trial -- calling the two officers in the case a disgrace to the NYPD.
    "They were supposed to be New York's Finest," Balbert said of Officer Kenneth Moreno and Officer Franklin Mata.
    "But on Dec. 7, 2008, they were New York's worst."
    Moreno, 43 -- the accused rapist -- and his partner, Mata, 29 -- the accused lookout -- have been on trial in Manhattan Supreme Court for six weeks.
    The five-woman, seven-man jury in the case -- in which the cops are charged with the on-duty rape of a drunken woman they'd been dispatched to help -- had been promised by the trial judge that deliberations will begin by day's end today.

    That seems unlikely now.
    Balbert's summation could well stretch past three.
    Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro will likely then need an additional hour or so for instructing jurors on the indictment and on the ground rules of their deliberations.
    The judge may try to stick to his schedule -- or may well decide not to give jurors these instructions until tomorrow.
    Jurors will eventually be considering charges of rape, of burglary -- for the cops' three, caught-on-video return visits to the woman's East Village apartment -- along with additional felonies and misdemeanors for allegedly fudging records to cover for these visits.
    First, though, comes Balbert's summation, in which she is arguing that the then-27-year-old woman was so drunk, she was physically unable to resist or protest when Moreno stripped and raped her as she lay helpless on her bed.
    And as for Moreno's claim, during a three-day stint on the witness stand, that he had only returned to the woman's East 13th Street apartment to "help" her, and that he'd nobly rebuffed her drunken advances?
    "This was not about Officer Moreno helping someone," Balbert said. "This was about Officer Moreno having sex with a drunken, vulnerable, helpless girl."
    But the case isn't just about rape, the prosecutor said.
    "This case is about violating the oath the defendants took to serve the public," she said.
    "This case is about their violating the very laws they swore to uphold," she said.
    "They disgraced their profession and all the other members of the New York City police department who take pride in that profession."
    Defense lawyers have made much of the lack of forensics; no DNA or condom was recovered, and the woman had no conclusive physical injuries.
    But Balbert this morning told the jury that they must focus on the pile of additional, circumstantial evidence that still points to rape.
    The woman had immediately given investigators a compelling recollection of the alleged rape -- rich with such details as recalling the sound of Moreno opening his bullet proof vest's Velcro straps, and the way both cops afterward searched the bed around her with flashlights and hands before dashing out on a sudden radio call.
    Moreno also admitted he'd used a condom when confronted by the woman days later -- a conversation secretly recorded by DA investigators.
    The prosecution must prove rape beyond a reasonable doubt, Balbert told the jury.
    "We don't have to prove semen beyond a reasonable doubt," she said.
    "We don't have to prove injury beyond a reasonable doubt. We don't have to prove condom beyond a reasonable doubt."

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    Man dies in confrontation with NYPD in Staten Island

    Authorities say a man was killed during a confrontation with police who were investigating the shooting of a woman on Staten Island.
    It was not immediately clear who fired the shot that killed the man.
    Police say he apparently pushed his way into an apartment around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and shot the woman in the abdomen.
    She fled to the home of a neighbor, who called 911. Authorities said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

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