Friday 26 May 2017

Suspect charged after NY policeman shot in head

Officer Brian Moore
Officer Brian Moore
NYPD officers claps after listen to the Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch at the steps of the Queens criminal court in New York yesterday. 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 search for the weapon used to shoot New York City plainclothes police officer Brian Moore at the Queens Village, in New York. 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)

Alan Martin

A man wanted for illegal gun possession has been charged with the attempted murder of a New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot in the head while pursuing the suspect in his unmarked car.

Officer Brian Moore (25) remained in critical but stable condition at Jamaica Hospital last night.

Police identified the suspect in the shooting in the New York borough of Queens on Saturday as Demetrius Blackwell (35). He was arrested soon after the shooting and he was charged yesterday with attempted murder, assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

The shooting took place five months after the fatal ambush of two uniformed New York City police officers in Brooklyn. The gunman in that case had said he wanted to avenge black men killed in confrontations with white officers.

The shooting of Moore, who is white, initially sparked concern it was a replay of the Brooklyn murders. But police said they have no indication Mr Blackwell held any grudge against officers.

Irish Independent

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