'Cop killer' Jessica Beauvais, 32, held without bail as hit-and-run victim hailed as a 'hero officer'

AN alleged cop killer is being held without bail as her hit-and-run victim is hailed a "hero officer".

Jessica Beauvais, 32, is accused of killing NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, in a drunken crash on April 27.

Greek American Tsakos was on duty on the Long Island Expressway when the incident took place.

Beauvais, of Hempstead, New York, fled the scene after fatally running over the NYPD officer but was apprehended nearby shortly after.

She offered a tearful apology as she was led away in handcuffs from the 107th Precinct in Queens for her arraignment on Tuesday.

Colleagues lined the streets in a solemn salute in memory of Tsakos, who leaves behind two young children.

And tributes have flooded in for the officer, who has been described as a "hero".

The FBI said: "We mourn the tragic death of NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who lost his life overnight while protecting our city.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and NYPD colleagues as they grieve his passing. Rest in peace, Officer."

His younger brother Teddy, 42, told Newsday: "My brother was an amazing guy. He had his whole life ahead of him. It was cut short."

He added: "You worry all the time, but this was what he liked.

"And you’ve got to be happy for him. This is what he wanted to do. This is what he chose. You worry about everything."

Teddy said Tsakos "wasn't the guy who would go out to clubs" but "just liked to work and stay home with his family".

His neighbor Moyra Bletsch said: "You came out your door to get to your driveway, he screamed ‘hello. How are you? That was him. He was wonderful."

And Rosemarie and Simone Giacalone, both schoolteachers who have lived next door to the Tsakos family since they moved onto the block last summer, recalled his generosity and kindness.

Rosemarie described the family as "the most incredible people you could ever meet".

"To have new neighbors move next door, we were just so lucky to have such an amazing family," she added.

Relatives and local residents came together on the family's tree-lined street in memory of Tsakos.

Wiping away tears, Simone said: "The little one will grow up never really knowing his father. It’s just heartbreaking.

"He was super dedicated. Every spare time he had he played with his kids. We feel helpless right now."

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said it was "devastating to speak to his widow" and that "two young children that are going to grow up without a father".

Meanwhile New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described Tsakos as a "hero" who is "no longer with us because of reckless drivers".

"My heart goes out to Officer Tsakos' family. This is a devastating loss," he added.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tsakos' death "reminds us of the risks taken by all who serve".

And Archbishop Elpidophoros of America tweeted: "The tragic death of NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos, while serving his community, reminds us that first responders, police, fire, medical, always place their lives on the line. May his memory be eternal."

Tsakos had been directing traffic on the Long Island Expressway as he and other officers investigated the scene of another fatal crash.

He was standing next to his patrol car at around 2am when the driver of a Volkswagen veered and fatally struck the officer, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Tuesday.

Shea said the driver swerved towards the cop to avoid hitting other vehicles.

Tsakos was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries shortly after arriving.

Beauvais has been slapped with several federal charges, including two counts of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, leaving an accident resulting in death, aggravated unlicensed operator, and aggravated unlicensed operator involving alcohol.

She also faces two misdemeanor charges – driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Just hours before the fatal hit-and-run, she shared a live stream of herself bashing the police while drinking.

She posted a nearly two-hour video on her Facebook page in which she spoke about the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin – who was convicted for killing George Floyd.

She filmed herself saying “f**k the police” to camera while drinking shots and vaping – later reportedly admitting to cops she was boozing on vodka.

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