Suspect in NYPD cop shooting faces attempted murder charges

4 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

NYPD officer shooting suspect held without bail, officer critical.

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who served five years in prison for attempted murder was arraigned Sunday on charges that he shot a New York City police officer in the head. He was arrested Saturday night and charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Officer Brian Moore, who remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition after hours of surgery. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Moore was ‘very, very seriously injured.’ ‘It’s a reminder of the dangers all of our officers face every single day,’ De Blasio told a news conference at the hospital. Police arrested Demetrius Blackwell, 35, who shot at Moore and another officer, while they were in their car in a middle-class neighbourhood in the borough of Queens, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters.

Bratton said the officers were trying to question Blackwell, who had an extensive criminal background, after they observed him appearing to adjust an object in his waistband. Blackwell’s court-appointed lawyer said after the arraignment that his client was arrested at a house near the shooting site without a warrant and that “the arrest may be illegal.” According to state corrections records, Blackwell was convicted in 2001 on an attempted murder charge.

Details on the case were not immediately available, but records show he pointed a handgun at someone and demanded property, then fired shots at a car. Moore’s listed address is a small, well-kept house in the Long Island hamlet of Massapequa — a tight-knit community where neighbors have known each other well for decades. The attack evoked fears of the December slayings of two uniformed officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, as they sat in their patrol cars in Brooklyn.

Hundreds of officers turned their backs when de Blasio delivered a eulogy at one of the officer’s funerals, angry at what they saw as his failure to support them during a wave of anti-police protests in the city late last year. Bratton said Blackwell has a criminal record that includes a weapons possession charge, but the suspect made no such anti-police postings and was being pursued by the anti-crime officers because of his behavior.

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