A hulking former NYPD officer fatally shot himself in the head after Feds pulled him over for questioning about his ties to a murder suspect.
According to the Daily News, Gerard Benderoth, 48, was driving in Rockland County, New York, Wednesday morning when FBI agents and state troopers pulled him over. As they were approaching his car, Benderoth shot himself in the head.
The FBI was reportedly investigating Benderoth’s relationship with Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer who is accused of killing four people in a bar after a bad drug deal and then burying their remains in his yard.
Tartaglione’s lawyer Bruce Barket told the Daily News he had heard of Benderoth but didn’t know much in the way of specifics.
“I can’t imagine what was weighing on his mind that led him to do that,” Barket said.
Former Haverstraw cop Gerard Benderoth, boxer and strong man, is the driver who killed himself after being stopped in Haverstraw by the FBI pic.twitter.com/tbIqU0zyZx
— Steve Lieberman (@LoHudLegal) March 8, 2017
The FBI confirmed the suicide in a statement to the Daily News.
Benderoth was a muscular 360 pounds, and went by the name White Rhino as a bodybuilding hobbyist. According to a YouTube video obtained by the Daily News, Benderoth said the movie Conan the Barbarian inspired him to become a bodybuilder at a young age.
It is not known if Benderoth was suspected of being involved in Tartaglione’s alleged crime.
According to a GoFundMe page, Benderoth left behind a family of five, including a baby.