A Southampton Village Police officer who has been out on disability for more than three years was arrested by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department last week after he violated an active order of protection, an official at the Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
Officer Anthony Gallo turned himself in, Chief Deputy Sheriff Kerry Kneitel said last week. Officer Gallo, who has been on disability since May 2010, when he injured his foot during a car chase in the village, violated an order of protection against an unidentified family member when he tried to purchase two rifles earlier this month, according to Chief Kneitel.
He said the order of protection was issued on September 4, and that as part of it Officer Gallo was forced to turn over any guns in his possession. A few days later, Mr. Gallo applied for the two rifles, but a background scan by the Federal Bureau of Investigations revealed the active order, and the FBI contacted the Sheriff’s Department.
The Sheriff’s Department contacted an attorney on file for Mr. Gallo, but did not have the attorney’s information available on Friday. Mr. Gallo turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Department a few days later and was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. He was processed and released on an appearance ticket, and is scheduled to appear at Southampton Town Justice Court on October 2.
Southampton Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings declined to comment when reached this week.