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Retired Cop Kills Himself And His Sons

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Former NYPD detective Irvin NoakFormer NYPD detective Irvin Noak

A family argument became deadly when a former NYPD detective allegedly shot two of his adult sons and then turned the gun on himself.

Irvin Noak, 61, was throwing a party at his Long Island home when he began arguing with his sons Aaron and Irvin III, aged 22 and 30, respectively. The New York Post reports that the ex-detective then went into his room, retrieved his handgun and shot his two children. He then turned the gun on himself. 

The father and sons were rushed to a nearby hospital. Noak was pronounced dead and his sons remain in critical condition, as of August 15.

Noak was a detective for the NYPD from 1982 to 2009. He also has a son that currently works for the NYPD, but it is unclear if he was present during the shooting, according to The Post. 

In May, another retired New York officer shot his two children and himself, according to the Associated Press. John Casullo worked for the Newburgh Police Department, which is stationed about 60 miles northwest of New York City.

Casullo used his handgun to kill his two children, ages 8 and 12, in their sleep. He then went to his bedroom where he committed suicide. His wife found the bodies.

Around 102 police officers committed suicide in 2015 alone, Officer.com reports. Firearms were used in over 91 percent of cases, and 15 to 18 percent of officers suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. California and New York are reported to have the highest number of reported police suicides.  

Sources: The New York Post, AP via Seattle Times, Officer.com / Photo credit: Irvin Noak/Facebook

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