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NYPD Officer in Ticket-Fix Probe Attempts Suicide

A veteran Bronx cop who testified in the NYPD ticket-fixing probe tried to commit suicide early Wednesday by touching the third rail in the subway, sources told The Post.

Officer Robert McGee, 62, was supposedly upset he had been called to take the stand before a grand jury against other cops accused of wrongdoing in the widespread ticket-fixing scandal that has plagued the NYPD.

He was also distraught because he feared he might have to to repeat those charges against the cops at trial.

The NYPD was also planning to take away his gun and put him on modified duty, sources said.

McGee tried to kill himself at 4:53 a.m. after jumping in the tracks on the No. 1 line at the Broadway and 238th Street subway station in Riverdale, sources told The Post.

His wife called cops and said McGee "was suicidal," sources said.

A transit cop later found him with a burned hand, sources said.

McGee was taken to North Central Bronx Hospital in stable condition after trying to electrocute himself by clutching the third rail.

McGee, who had over 30 years on the force, tried to retire recently, but was denied because he was under investigation.

Although he'd been given immunity in the case by Bronx prosecutors, McGee, who initially thought he was a suspect, was distraught that he had to testify against fellow officers.

McGee, who is also a PBA delegate for officers assigned to the the 43rd Precinct, had testified before a grand jury last week about 10 tickets that had come under question by the Bronx DAs office.

The grand jury ended its inquiry this past Tuesday. An indictment is expected in the next few weeks, sources said.

PBA Bronx trustee Joe Anthony said, "He's our most senior delegate and very respected. He's under a lot of pressure from the job."

A neighbor, who did not want to be named, expressed shock, saying McGee had not given any signals that he was stressed or depressed.

"I'm very surprised. He seem fine. I never expected something like that," the neighbor said.

The NYPD did not immediately return a call for comment.

Republished with permission of The New York Post

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