2013-04-24 / Front Page

Travel Plans Sparked Cop’s Fatal Rampage

By Liz Goff

The off-duty Queens cop who shot and killed her boyfriend, their 1-year-old son and then turned her gun on herself on April 15 did so because she was enraged that the boyfriend was planning to travel to Guyana to buy a parcel of land, police sources said.

Sources said Police Officer Rosette Samuel, 45, and her boyfriend, Dason Peters, 33, “may have also had issues” about his involvement with another woman when Samuel grabbed her .9-mm Glock and shot Peters dead at about 8:20 a.m. on April 15.

Peters had his bags packed and he was getting ready to leave when Samuels pulled the trigger, the sources said. Peters was found covered with blood, face down in a hallway inside the couple’s Bensonhurst apartment.

Samuel then turned the Glock on 1-year-old Dylan Samuel Peters and shot the baby in the chest, police said.

Samuel’s 19-year-old son from a previous relationship, Dendre Samuel, escaped the carnage by jumping out a bathroom window at the apartment, police said. The teen called 911 and alerted police of the shootings.

Police who responded to the call found Samuel in her bed, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Samuels was covered with blood, with her lifeless baby on her left side and her gun to her right, sources said.

Cops recovered pieces of a torn suicide note from a toilet in the bathroom of the apartment where Samuel pleaded for someone to step in and look after her teenage son, police sources said.

“She apparently wrote the note after her son ran from the hours,” the sources said. “She was pretty clear in her plea for someone to take care of the teen – and that she shot the baby so he wouldn’t be a burden to her family.”

Sanuel, who was assigned to Queens’ 108th Precinct, was off-duty at the time of the shootings. Fellow cops at the Long Island City stationhouse were stunned by the news and refused to comment on the fatal shootings.





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