News Courthouse security officer, retired from NYPD, shoots self inside Manhattan court house A retired NYPD officer died in an apparent suicide at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Centre Street on January 22, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP / Stan Honda By ALISON FOX and CAROLINE LINTON Updated January 22, 2015 5:57 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A retired NYPD officer working as a courthouse security officer committed suicide early Thursday morning inside the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse on Centre Street, authorities said. The man, 48-year-old Robert Newell, apparently shot himself inside the basement locker room toward the end of his shift at about 5:30 a.m., said Deputy U.S. Marshal Kevin Kamrowski. Newell appeared to be alone in the locker room at the time. Newell had been a court security officer since 2002, and was hired by a private security firm contracted by the U.S. Marshal Service, which handles security for the building, Kamrowski said. He retired from the NYPD in May 2000 after 14 years with the department, police said. By ALISON FOX and CAROLINE LINTON Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.