89 N.Y.2d 1063, 681 N.E.2d 1278, 659 N.Y.S.2d 832 (1997).
May 6, 1997

1 No. 79 [1997 NY Int. 72]
Decided May 6, 1997

This memorandum is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the New York Reports.



The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed.

In People v Hollman (79 NY2d 181, 191), we reaffirmed that police officers, acting upon an articulable reason, may approach an individual to request information concerning the individual's identity, destination or reason for being in an area and, "[i]f the individual is carrying something that would appear to a trained police officer to be unusual, the police officer can ask about that object." Defendant was observed by two Department of Sanitation peace officers in an area known for illegal dumping, with a 50 gallon cardboard barrel protruding from his car trunk. After defendant passed the officers twice, turned off his car's headlights, and backed the wrong way up a one-way street to a spot where there was a hole in a fence, the officers reasonably inquired of defendant whether he intended to dump the barrel, and what was in the barrel. Thus, there is support in the record for the Appellate Division's determination that the officers' request for information was justified. Defendant's motion to suppress his response (that he had killed his girlfriend, and her body was in the barrel) and the physical evidence was properly denied.

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Order affirmed, in a memorandum. Chief Judge Kaye and Judges Titone, Bellacosa, Smith, Levine, Ciparick and Wesley concur.

Decided May 6, 1997