A former New Jersey cop barged into his ex-girlfriend’s home and shot her dead before killing himself, according to a local prosecutor’s office.
The horrifying murder-suicide was discovered Monday when authorities found the bodies of retired Atlantic City police officer William Beattie and his ex Erin Gatier inside her home during a welfare check, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday night, according to reports.
Beattie got inside the South Jersey home where he fatally shot the mother of two and then himself, the prosecutor’s office said, the Press of Atlantic City reported. Both were 47.
A co-worker of Gatier from several years ago said Gatier told him Beattie was a problem.
“She did admit to me that he was problematic, that he was a very controlling person and wouldn’t let her talk to anyone he thought might be sort of a threat to him,” former co-worker Matt Greenberg, of Pennsylvania, told the newspaper.
“It was an abusive relationship, not physically, but more mentally.”
Beattie had to retire from the force more than a decade ago due to an “accidental disability,” state records reportedly indicate.
The Press reported a GoFundMe page started by friends to raise money for Gatier’s funeral costs said losing her would leave the world “less bright.”
“Erin left behind two beautiful children that are tasked with unthinkable decisions and expenses,” the post stated.