The brother of Valerie Cincinelli, the NYPD cop who was accused of trying to arrange the murder of her estranged husband and boyfriend's daughter and who is currently awaiting trial, was found dead in Texas earlier this month, having apparently taken his own life.
Officers with the Austin Police Department responded to the Container Bar close to midnight on July 16 after someone called authorities to report hearing gunfire, according to the New York Post. There, officers found that Salvatore “Sal” Cincinelli, a 41-year-old FBI agent who had been in town with other agents, had been shot at least once, a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department told the outlet.
Police have confirmed that they are investigating Cincinelli’s shooting death as a suicide, according to the Post.
Salvatore Cincinelli is the older brother of Valerie Cincinelli, a 12-year veteran with the New York Police Department who made headlines when she was accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder her estranged husband and her boyfriend's teenage daughter. Valerie Cincinelli was arrested in May, after authorities teamed up with her boyfriend and husband to gather evidence in the case. She has since been hit with federal charges and is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn as she awaits her trial.
Her attorney James Kousouros said that news of her brother’s death has left her “devastated.”
“She is absolutely devastated by the passing of her brother and best friend, and this is certainly adding to the stress of her current situation,” Kousouros said in a statement obtained by the Post.
Unnamed law enforcement sources also confirmed Salvatore Cincinelli’s death to the New York Daily News, with the outlet reporting that the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. declined to comment on the topic.
Salvatore Cincinelli’s loved ones said goodbye at a funeral held Monday at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside, New York, according to the Post.
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