Off-duty NYPD cop shoots himself to death in his Queens home

The officer, identified by sources as Richard Catapano, shot himself in the head in his apartment on 23rd St. near 31st Ave. in Astoria about 1:50 a.m., the sources said.

The officer, identified by sources as Richard Catapano, shot himself in the head in his apartment on 23rd St. near 31st Ave. in Astoria about 1:50 a.m., the sources said. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)

THOMAS TRACY and WES PARNELL  |  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 

An off-duty NYPD cop fatally shot himself inside his Queens apartment early Sunday, police sources said.

The officer, identified by sources as Richard Catapano, shot himself in the head in his apartment on 23rd St. near 31st Ave. in Astoria about 1:50 a.m., the sources said.

First responders rushed the officer to Elmhurst Hospital, where he later died, sources said.

The NYPD is investigating the shooting as a suicide.

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