The estranged wife of cop killer Manuel Rosales said she is “sick to my stomach” about the murder of NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, and ripped the criminal justice system for keeping Rosales on the street.
In a long public post on her Facebook page, Tia Giattino said she mourned for both the hero sergeant and her husband.
“As hurt and distraught and grief stricken as I am by this end, I can’t stop also thinking of that officer and his wife and children…I’m devastated,” she wrote.
Her words came as Tuozzolo’s heartbroken family prepared over the weekend to lay him to rest, and as the Sergeants Benevolent Association raised more than $48,000 online for his widow and two children.
From the Facebook page Tia Carmela Rosales after the death of her estranged husband,
Tuozzolo, 41, died in a wild gunfight in the Bronx Friday, after Rosales ignored a restraining order and took Giattino and their 3-year-old son hostage at the apartment on Beach Ave. in Van Nest where she was staying.
Rosales shot Tuozzolo in the head before Elwin Ramirez, a 25-year-old NYPD recruit on field training, gunned down Rosales, sources said.
Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo, 30, suffered a graze wound to his leg, apparently hit by a ricocheting bullet during the gunfight.
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Giattino on Saturday lamented both Tuozzolo and Rosales’ death, stating that her husband suffered from mental illness and never recovered psychologically from a childhood of trauma and abuse.
She also blasted Rosales’s father, and accused him of abusing Rosales.
“I know that no matter what I say is going to be ripped to shreds but I feel that I have to say some things on my behalf and my husband’s behalf,” Giattino wrote on Facebook Saturday.
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“This is something that should have been prevented and could have been prevented time and time again. Manny should never have been on the street in the condition he was in,” she said.
Rosales, an ex-con who served three stints in state prison on felony convictions, was out on $1,000 cash bail after a domestic violence arrest in Suffolk County.
Giattino said officials with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office knew about his mental health problems, and she had recently reached out to a prosecutor but got no response.
Manuel Rosales killed a policeman, Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo and was in turn shot and killed during a confrontation with police at the home of his wife’s family.
“If anyone is truly to blame for this tragedy, I blame Suffolk County District court and the judge who let him walk out of there knowing he was in mental distress, knowing he needed immediate psychiatric care,” she wrote. “Because of this GROSS negligence, two husbands and two fathers are lost.”
A representative of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office didn’t return a message seeking comment Sunday.
“Our marriage from the beginning was painful and scary and seemed like a nightmare and most of the time these days I really hated him for all that he had done to me as I struggled every day to cope,” she wrote.
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“But now I’m just thinking about the brief periods of time where he wasn’t feeling twisted and being tortured by mental illness and Manny was able to just be Manny and he was just so bright.”
Giattino didn’t return messages seeking comment Sunday. A man who answered her mother’s phone identified himself as Giattino’s father and blasted the media.
“The problem is that you cannot state facts. You eliminate things that are said. For that reason she doesn’t wish speak with the media anymore. It’s devastating for everyone involved,” he said, then hung up.
Tuozzolo’s family declined to comment Sunday, and attempts to reach Kwo, who was wounded in the shootout, were unsuccessful.
Tuozzolo’s funeral has been set for Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church in Massapequa. Visitation will take place Wednesday, 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage.