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New York 'mourns the loss of a hero' following fatal shooting of young Irish-American cop Brian Moore

Published 05/05/2015 | 07:34

A tribute to Irish-American cop Brian Moore at the NYPD press conference following his death
Officer Brian Moore (Photo: NYPD)

New York is mourning 'the loss of a hero' following the death of a young Irish-American cop who died after he was shot in the face while sitting in his patrol car.

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Brian Moore (25) was hit by two bullets, one which went in through his cheek and out the back of his head, shortly after 6pm on Saturday night.

The young police officer, described as being from a 'proud Irish-American background', died Monday afternoon.

"Today we mourn the loss of a hero," Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Bill Bratton said yesterday.

"Police Officer Brian Moore sacrificed his life to prevent crime and disorder and to keep communities free from fear.

"Police Officer Brian Moore's service mattered, and he will be remembered," he added on social media network Twitter.

Following the shooting on Saturday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday it was a 'painful day for all of us, a painful day for all New Yorkers, a painful day for all members of the NYPD'.

Speaking at a press conference held after the incident, Mr de Blasio said, "Police Officer Brian Moore, as you’ve heard, has been very, very seriously wounded. He is a brave young man."

Mr Moore was shot while driving in an unmarked police car with his colleague in the Queens Village area of South Queens.

He was sitting in the driver's seat when they approached a black male in his thirties, who seemed to be adjusting an object in his waistband, NYPD reported in an official statement. 

A NYPD officer is seen on the roof of a house while police search house to house for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A NYPD officer is seen on the roof of a house while police search house to house for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers arrive at the Queens criminal court in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch (C ) speaks to the media supported by NYPD officers in uniform and plainclothes at the steps of the Queens criminal court in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers exit the Queens criminal court in New York May 3, 2015. Plainclothes police officer Brian Moore, 25, was seriously injured when he was shot in the head on Saturday while attempting to question a man from his cruiser, and authorities said a suspect had been arrested and was in custody. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers arrive to the Queens criminal court in New York May 3, 2015. Plainclothes police officer Brian Moore, 25, was seriously injured when he was shot in the head on Saturday while attempting to question a man from his cruiser, and authorities said a suspect had been arrested and was in custody. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers exit the Queens criminal court in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers in uniform and plainclothes are seen on the steps of the Queens criminal court in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers claps after listen to the Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch at the steps of the Queens criminal court in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers in plainclothes arrive to the Queens criminal court in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A resident allows NYPD officers to search in his house for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers search house to house for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A NYPD officer is seen on the roof of a house while police search house to house for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers search house to house for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A resident looks at NYPD officers searching house to house for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers search for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NYPD officers search for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A NYPD officer arrives at the Jamaica Hospital, where New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore who was shot in the head is being treated, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A NYPD truck arrives at the Jamaica Hospital, where New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore who was shot in the head is being treated, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A NYPD officer arrives at the Jamaica Hospital, where New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore who was shot in the head is being treated, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A NYPD officer arrives at the Jamaica Hospital, where New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore who was shot in the head is being treated, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A NYPD car arrives at the Jamaica Hospital, where New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore who was shot in the head is being treated, in New York May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The authorities confirmed Mr Moore 'positioned the vehicle behind the suspect and inquired about the suspect's actions' before he turned and deliberately fired at the vehicle several times.

The two police officers in the car did not have an opportunity to return fire.

NYPD confirmed yesterday that a revolver was recovered near the scene. It was reported to have been stolen from Georgia in 2011.

"[Moore] comes from a police family," de Blasio continued.

"This is what he wanted to do with his life. He wanted to be a New York City police officer.

"He wanted to serve and he did so with great distinction. I’ve already had the opportunity to hear from some of the commanding officers who work with him, and who respect greatly his approach to this work and his devotion to the job," he continued.

"Our hearts are with his family, his loved ones – our hearts are with his extended family, the men and women of the NYPD.

"You know, coming from a police family, and seeing the devotion that so many members of his family had to this city – it was striking to be in the room with his family members and realizing this is a family that has been giving their all to the city now for over two generations."

A 35-year-old man has appeared in court charged in relation to the incident, including two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.

Demetrius Blackwell, who has previously served time, is being held without bail.

The incident is the fifth New York police shooting in the last five months.

In December, two officers were shot and killed as they sat in their patrol car.

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