Police kill bystander when New York undercover gun buy goes bad

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 shot by NYPD in Mount Vernon in undercover gun buy: police.

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NYPD says a 61-year-old bystander has died after he was accidentally shot by a plainclothes officer during an undercover gun buy that went wrong. Instead of a quick gun purchase by an undercover NYPD cop, the cop had a gun put to his head, forcing him to unleash a round of gunfire that critically wounded a suspect and seriously injured a bystander caught in the wrong place. They said suspect Jeffrey Aristy contacted an undercover officer with the NYPD on Friday and allegedly said he had weapons for sale, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported. Friday on an otherwise serene residential block in Mount Vernon when the cop, sitting in a car with his mark, was about to fork over $2,200 for a pair of guns, officials said. Just then, the would-be seller, Jeffery Aristy, was joined by an accomplice, Alvin Smothers, 37, who jumped into the back seat with a pistol in hand in the Westchester County city— roughly two miles north of the city line — according to an NYPD source.

Smothers pointed the pistol — later discovered to be a fake — at the head of the officer, a member of the NYPD Firearms Investigation Unit, setting the cop into action, but also putting the bystander, 61-year-old Felix Kumi, into harm’s way. That’s when the officer signaled to his backup team, which opened fire on the suspects as they fled with the money. “We believe the gun that was put to our undercover’s head is a replica of a large semiautomatic pistol,” O’Neill said. “It was found behind a house where the suspect fled.” Aristy, of the Bronx, is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal sale of firearms. Terrance Raynor, the Mount Vernon police commissioner, said that several vehicles had been struck by bullets during the shooting and that one had gone through the front door of a nearby home. The commissioner said it was “a relatively quiet residential area where this incident occurred, not known for violence of any sort.” “It was a ton of shots,” he said. “Bap, bap, bap, bap, bap, bap!

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