Hero Down: NYPD Detective Nicholas Budney Shot Himself At Crowded Bar

36-year-old Detective Nicholas Budney fatally shot himself at a crowded bar, but wasn't found until the next day.

Newburgh, NY - NYPD Detective Nicholas Budney, 36, fatally shot himself at a busy bar Saturday night.

The shooting happened sometime Saturday night at Billy Joe's Ribworks in Newburgh, when the detective shot himself in the head.

The detective's body wasn't found until the next day when a worker discovered him on the back deck, according to News 12.

Billy Joe's Ribworks is known for being popular and having very large crowds, and it's not clear how the detective's body was missed while the bar was packed on Saturday night.

Detective Budney graduated from Haldane High School in 2000, and attended SUNY Plattsburgh and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, according to his obituary.

He graduated from the NYPD academy in 2005,and was assigned to the 47th Precinct in the Bronx.

He was named Officer of the Year four times, and was a member of Special Operations.

​Detective Budney was also a firefighter at North Highlands Fire Department, and named Fireman of the Year there, too.

​He leaves behind his wife, parents, and siblings.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Detective Nicholas Budney, both blood and blue. Godspeed, we will take the watch from here.

Thank you for your service.

Donations can be made to NYC Detective Endowment Association Widows and Orphans Fund, 26 Thomas St., New York, NY 10007.

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grin-n-barrett
grin-n-barrett
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When the day comes you need assistance from either the police or the fire department, I hope someone remembers your disgusting, cowardly post. Not that it matters, these officers would help anyway.....even someone as lowly and disgusting as yourself.

Abby51
Abby51

I’m so sorry for your loss, I will keep you and him in my prayers. Why he did it we will never know. Policemen, firefighters, EMT, every solidier experiences some sort of PTSD. You cannot unsee what you have seen. You bury it deep and then one day out of the blue it comes. Most are to proud to say anything, some leave hints and some choose to let it out. Mental health (and no it is not a dirty word) access needs to be available for all of them. It’s the time to let the stigma go once and for all.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts
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You're an idiot and a horrific person. You have no idea what he's gone through in his career, who's life he saved or couldn't and he lived with that. Shame on you, God forgive you for what you said. What do you do for a living or do you live in mama's basement?

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

my heart broke and i cried and cried--why, did this happen???? sincerest sympathies to the family in blood and blue and sincerest sympathies also from my roomate Carolyn as well--prayers---so sad--GOD bless you---thankyou so much for your service---

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