updated 4/11/2009 3:35:53 PM ET 2009-04-11T19:35:53

A retired New York City police officer shot an off-duty officer he suspected was having an affair with his police officer wife, then killed himself in the driveway of his suburban home, police said Saturday.

Cecil Ramsay, 51, shot himself in the head after firing at a car carrying his wife and a friend, both off-duty NYPD officers, Suffolk County police said.

He shot Officer Edwin Shittick in the hand after accusing him "of seeing his wife," said Suffolk County Police Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.

"It's our understanding that that is not the case. They're just acquaintances," Fitzpatrick said.

Ramsay fired at least three times at the car as his wife, Officer Belfort Dady, drove away with a wounded Shittick, Fitzpatrick said.

He then put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger in front of several witnesses, Fitzpatrick said.

Dady, 46, and Ramsay have at least one child, Fitzpatrick said. Ramsay had been ill with heart problems and was awaiting a heart transplant, he said.

New York City police wouldn't comment on the shootings or give information about the officers, referring all questions to Long Island authorities.

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