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Retired police officer kills 4 people in brother’s bar during drug deal and buries bodies in his backyard

By Mason White 5:07 PM December 28, 2016
The four victims
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A retired police officer shot and killed multiple people during a drug deal in his brother’s bar, according to police in New York.

49-year-old Nicholas Tartaglione of Otisville, has been charged for a quadruple murder he committed in Chester.

Tartaglione was charged in a five-count indictment for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms and more of cocaine and for the murders of Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna, and Hector Gutierrez.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “While all murders tear at the fabric of our communities, when the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society.

“As alleged, Tartaglione, a former Briarcliff Manor police officer, participated in the senseless murder of four people in a bar in Chester. These four men had not been seen or heard from since the day of their alleged murder.”

According to the criminal complaint, Tartaglione and others conspired to sell five kilograms or more of cocaine.

In April, Tartaglione participated in the killing of Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna, and Hector Gutierrez, during that cocaine distribution conspiracy, some of whom were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The murders all took place in and around a bar called the Likquid Lounge. If convicted, Tartaglione faces the death penalty.

Police found the dead bodies of the four victims at Tartaglione’s home, where he lived with his girlfriend. The bodies were buried in a shallow grave in his backyard.