ALBANY — A former State Police senior investigator who retired last year amid an investigation of his on-duty activities — and those of his fellow members assigned to a federal drug task force in New York City — died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday.
The death of 49-year-old Francis Stabile III, who was found in his vehicle at a boat ramp in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, came as the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the inspector general’s office were probing the task force and the State Police’s handling of its own internal investigation, which led multiple members of the agency to retire but did not yield any arrests.
“I can confirm that we are investigating the incident,” said Dutchess County sheriff’s Capt. John Watterson, adding they received a call to respond to the boat ramp just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
The investigation of troopers assigned to the 150-member federal Drug Enforcement Task Force began in February 2018 when Stabile, then a State Police senior investigator, crashed his unmarked police SUV on a Dutchess County highway. He told a trooper who responded to the scene that he had lost control after swerving to avoid a deer.
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