A former NYPD officer shot himself in the head while pulled over by FBI detectives in connection with four murders. Now, investigators say the ex-cop had a Nazi-style tattoo on his chest and racist statues sitting outside his home.
Gerard Benderoth, known to many as “White Rhino” is said to have decorated his Rockland County front stop with four caricature black people figures. One features a wide smile while holding a watermelon.
There were two other racially charged statuettes in his yard which portrayed “lawn jockeys” wearing red vests and caps, and white pants. A fourth racist statue depicted that of a shoeshine boy.
The 48-year-old former cop committed suicide Wednesday in upstate Haverstraw as state troopers and FBI agents approached his SUV.
He and another former cop from Westchester County, Nicholas Tartaglione, were being investigated by the feds. Tartaglione had already been charged with the killing of four men in an April drug deal gone bad.
An undated photo posted on Instagram shows the 48-year-old Benderoth sitting shirtless exposing his massive frame, including an Iron Cross tattoo on his chest.
The 360-pound strongman competitor is seen holding a revolver in his right hand.
At the time of his death, Benderoth was drowning in debt and suffering from 9/11 related depression.
The former NYPD cop, who left the department in 2005, was a Ground Zero first responder who lost his best friend in the attacks, friends said.