Officer dies in Massapequa Park shooting

Officials with the Nassau County Police Department are confirming that the officer who was shot in Massapequa Park has died.The officer, 40-year-old Geoffrey J. Breitkopf,

MASSAPEQUA PARK - Officials with the Nassau County Police Department are confirming that the officer who was shot in Massapequa Park has died.

The officer, 40-year-old Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, was shot last night near Front Street.

According to Nassau County police, Breitkopf was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

In a statement, the Nassau County Police Department says detectives were responding to a report of a man carrying weapons near Front Street. After officers confronted the man, 21-year-old Anthony Digeronimo, he fled and barricaded himself inside 5 Front St.

Police say Digeronimo lunged at them with a knife after they entered the house and was shot and killed by officers. Nassau police say Breitkopf, who was assigned to the Bureau of Special Operations, was shot during the gunfire and later died.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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