Dallas police say they believe a Crandall police officer shot and killed his wife on Wednesday and then took his own life. Those closest to the victim are angry not only about what happened, but also about what people have been saying about the suspect.
Nick Pitofsky and his wife, Vanessa, were found dead in their duplex in the 1800 block of Browder Street on Wednesday afternoon, according to police. The medical examiner said Thursday that Vanessa was shot in the head multiple times.
Nick was a patrol sergeant for the Crandall Police Department, where he worked for two years, and he was also an unpaid reserve officer with the Dallas Police Department.
"This man murdered his wife, and everybody is talking about what a great person he is," said Vanessa's friend, Jennifer. "And my friend is being forgotten."
Jennifer wants people to know Vanessa left a lasting impression.
"She's an amazing, giving person that didn't deserve this," said Jennifer.
Jennifer said Vanessa never mentioned being abused, and as far as she knows, never made any outcries.
However, she says Vanessa did tell friends recently she was quitting Facebook because of her husband's jealousy.
"I had indications from things she said, that he liked to keep a really tight, um, control," said Jennifer. "He wanted to know where she was all the time and who she was with all the time."
Those who knew Nick are in disbelief at what he's accused of.
In a statement on Wednesday, Crandall police described Nick as jovial and a person who got along with everyone.
"He was a great guy," said Jonathan Savage on Wednesday, a friend of Nick's. "I used to go up to Shell all the time and he'd always come in there with a smile on his face."
Nick was a gun and tactical weapons enthusiast
He can be seen in several YouTube videos training at a gun range. In one video, he's seen holding a gun and saying he bought it for protection for his wife.
Friends say Vanessa doted on Nick, even referring to the duplex where she was killed as "Nick and ‘Nessa's love shack."
"No matter what she did or didn't do, which I have no idea, she didn't deserve this," said Jennifer.
Nick has two children from a previous marriage, and Vanessa was always proud of his work as a police officer.
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