Officials have confirmed that three of the four men allegedly killed by former Briarcliff Manor police officer turned alleged drug conspirator Nicholas Tartaglione were shot in the head, according to results of an autopsy that was released by prosecutors.
This week, officials released autopsy results for the four men who were allegedly targeted and killed by Tartaglione in Orange County in April of 2015, who has been charged with quadruple homicide.
The fourth victim was reportedly killed by “homicidal violence of undetermined etiology.”
Late last year, the 49-year-old Tartaglione was been charged in a five-count indictment for his participation in a drug conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and for the murders of four men, all of whom lived in Middletown in Orange County.
According to the indictment that was filed in White Plains Federal Court last year, Tartaglione killed Martin Luna, 41, Urbano Santiago, 32, Miguel Luna, 25, and Hector Gutierrez, 43, at the Likquid Lounge - a bar that his brother reportedly managed for a time in the town of Chester in Orange County - when a cocaine deal went badly involving at least one of the victims.Tartaglione
It is alleged that Tartaglione then drove with the bodies for approximately a half hour from the bar in Chester to his farm in Otisville, also in Orange. Four bodies would be removed from his property the day after he was arrested.
This isn’t the first time the former Briarcliff Manor K9 Police Officer found himself in trouble with the law.
According to court papers, in 1999, Tartaglione was charged with perjury and official misconduct after testifying in court at a DMV license revocation hearing for a friend. Tartaglione was ultimately acquitted at trial, but fired by the village.
In 2003, he sued to get his job back and received more than $300,000 in back pay. He retired from the force in 2008 on disability with a reported annual pension of $65,000.
Tartaglione also had an ongoing legal battle with the late Clay Tiffany, an Ossining resident who hosted the popular public-access TV show, “Dirge For The Charlatans,” sued the village of Briarcliff Manor multiple times, claiming that Tartaglione assaulted him.
The village ultimately settled the lawsuit with Tiffany in 2000 for more than $1 million.
Tartaglione had reportedly worked as a police officer in Pawling, Mount Vernon and Yonkers prior to Briarcliff Manor.