Off-duty NYPD sergeant finds wife with personal trainer at home, shoots him in the chest

The victim suffered a non-life threatening injury but Justin Ellis, 34, was placed on modified duty and stripped of the gun.

                            Off-duty NYPD sergeant finds wife with personal trainer at home, shoots him in the chest
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LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: An off-duty sergeant with the New York Police Department (NYPD) was accused of shooting and injuring a personal trainer outside his house on Long Island, after finding him talking to his wife, who was home alone at the time.

The 34-year-old sergeant, identified as Justin Ellis, was placed on modified duty after the alleged incident, which took place in the early hours of October 25. The 29-year-old victim, who was not identified, and was known to both the cop and his wife, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot to the chest in the shooting, after being discovered by the accused inside the Seaford, Nassau County home.

There was a heated exchange of words between the two men before the shooting took place, just after midnight, according to Nassau County police. “He told the guy to get out of his house”, a police source told the New York Post. “They had some words. The guy went to his car and got a bat. And he shot him.”

Ellis, who serves the 103rd Precinct in Queens, told investigators that the trainer was wielding a bat moments before the shooting. A bat was recovered from the scene as part of the evidence. 

No charges have been filed in this case as the investigation continues. The victim is expected to make a full recovery. Meanwhile, Ellis has been relegated to desk duty and stripped of his gun.

Without elaborating on the relationship between the trainer and the cop's wife, the victim’s lawyer, Jason Russo, told reporters: “He tried to kill my client — it’s attempted murder. I don’t see anything clearer. He shot him right in the chest. He followed him, accosted him and shot him. From what I understand, he yelled out before he did that, that he was going to kill him." 

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