NYPD officer 'saved two lives' after tracking down woman at gun shop who threatened to kill herself and her baby

David Caplan
November 15, 2019 - 7:38 pm



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Quick-thinking NYPD officer Michelle Schack may have saved a woman from harming herself and her 6-month-old daughter on Friday. 

"Officer Schack saved 2 lives today," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan tweeted. "While investigating a missing person in crisis, she discovered the woman was in PA trying to buy a gun to harm herself & her baby. After calling gun shops, Officer Schack located them in a store. Local police are now helping both. Well done!"

It all started just before noon, when the 27-year-old-woman went to Brooklyn to visit her brother.  After leaving and picking up her daughter from daycare, the woman sent text messages to her brother and her mother "saying she wanted to kill herself and her daughter," Schack told 1010 WINS.

The woman's family alerted police, who headed to the brother's apartment.  They eventually used smartphone GPS tracking to determine that the woman was driving across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in the direction of her mother's home in Pennsylvania. 

Schack, who is assigned to the NYPD's Housing Bureau and has been with the force for seven years, then began calling gun shops located along the way to the mother's house.

The owner of one shop called back a few minutes later, saying the mother and child were at his store.  

Officer Schack told him not to sell her a gun. The Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department were then contacted. Its officers arrived in time to take the mother into custody.

Both the mom and the baby where then taken to a local hospital for evaluation. 

Schack said the pair were "unharmed."

"My worst fear was that we were going to have a homicide on our hands," Schack told WINS, explaining she was concerned the woman would harm her daughter.