Woodbury, NY - Rockland County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Farina died on Tuesday after he sustained a gunshot wound to the head while he was driving.
He was a member of the sheriff's office's Corrections Unit for more than 10 years.
His wife, Jennifer Farina, 42, was a passenger in the vehicle, and was transported to a local hospital, where she remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
On Nov. 14, New York State Police responded to a one-vehicle traffic crash in which Deputy Farina, of Stony Point, was driving a vehicle when he sustained a gunshot wound to the head. His vehicle then crossed the double yellow line and struck an embankment.
He was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating whether Deputy Farina took his own life, or was shot by his wife, according to News12. The news station also reported that sources close to the couple said they were having marital problems.
Friends and colleagues described Deputy Farina to reporters as a sports fan and a family man.
Rockland County Jail Lieutenant Paul Joachim said Deputy Farina worked lots of overtime to ensure his high-school-age son and grade-school-age daughter had everything they needed. He accompanied his daughter to gymnastics school and events, Lohud.com reported.
“He loved sports and he loved his family,” Lt. Joachim said. “All he talked about was his kids and how proud he was of them. His kids were the joy of his life. They were the reason he did all the overtime and worked so many shifts, so he could make sure they succeeded.”
Deputy Farina worked at the jail for more than 10 years. He previously worked for the county Highway Department for 18 or 19 years, he said.
New York State Police Trooper Steve Nevel said that the investigation was ongoing, and that autopsy results were expected soon.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Frank Farina. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.