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Mystery Surrounds Shooting Death Of Hudson Valley Sheriff Deputy

Frank Farina
Frank Farina Photo Credit: Contributed

Services have been scheduled for the 42-year-old Rockland County Sheriff Deputy killed in a mysterious shooting in Orange County on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The shooting took place around 1:30 p.m. as Farina, who was off-duty from his position as a corrections officer, and his wife, Jennifer Farina, were driving on Long Mountain Parkway in the Town of Woodbury in Orange County, said Trooper Steven Nevel.

Farina, 42, of Stony Point, lost control of the car when he suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. The vehicle then crossed the double yellow center line, left the roadway, and struck a rock embankment, Nevel said.

Jennifer Farina, 42, was transported by ambulance to Orange Regional Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries, Nevel said.

Frank Farina was also transported to Orange Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Results of an autopsy are pending and the shooting remains under investigation.

Farina was a graduate of Albertus Magnus High School and employed as a corrections officer for the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department for the past 10 years.

He was the child of Manuel and the late Maureen Farina.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Matthew and Ava; sisters: Maureen (Sal) Falesto, and Annette (Les) Lowther; nephews: Michael Lowther, Declan O’Brien, Tristan Brennan, Lucas and James Falesto; nieces: Kayla Falesto, Isabelle Brennan, Lauren and Alyssa Lowther.

Frank’s family will receive friends on Monday, Nov. 20 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home at 71 N. Central Highway in Garnerville.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Stony Point, with interment to follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Nanuet.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Frank's memory to the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund.

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