NYPD Officer Brian Moore, who was shot in the head on Saturday, has died on Monday, after his family removed him from life support, according to police sources.
Moore, 25, was shot down by an ex-con, identified as Demetrius Blackwell, after the officer and his partner approached the man as he suspiciously fiddled with an object in his waistband on a street in Queens on Saturday evening, authorities said.
After the plainclothes officers exchanged words with Blackwell, he turned and fired at least twice without warning, hitting Moore in the head. The officer’s colleague, Officer Erik Jansen, then called for help.
1. NYPD Officer Brian Moore (left), who was shot in the head by Demetrius Blackwell (right) on Saturday, has died on Monday, after his family removed him from life support.
2. Blackwell, who has a criminal record that includes a weapons possession charge, is pictured appearing in court for his arraignment on Sunday afternoon, flanked by several lawyers and NYPD officers.
Following the shooting, Moore was rushed to hospital and was reportedly placed in a medically-induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain.
Officers and helicopters launched a manhunt for the suspect, who had fled following the shooting. Blackwell was eventually arrested in a house near the crime scene on the block where he lives.
The Queens district attorney’s office told the AP that Blackwell was arraigned on Sunday. He was photographed wearing a ripped white prison suit. He was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder of an officer, but these are now certain to be upgraded.
It has now been revealed that Blackwell has been convicted of attempted murder in 2000, after he shot at a car driven by a man whom he had just robbed at gunpoint, according to The New York Daily News.
3. The serial felon wore a seemingly ripped white prison suit for his arraignment.
4. Following the shooting, Moore (pictured) was rushed to hospital and was reportedly placed in a medically-induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain.
Officer Moore’s shooting was the fifth time an NYPD officer had been shot over the past six months.
Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot down by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn on December 20.
Then on January 5, Andrew Dossi, 30, and Aliro Pellerano, 38, were shot while responding to a grocery store robbery. Both survived.
5. A plainclothes NYPD officer shot, one suspect is in custody — a WTNH News8 report.
Source: The New York Daily News.
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