A corrections officer who was brandishing a gun, seems to lead a charmed life. Cops shot at him 20 times and he was only shot in the arm once, sources told a New York Criminal Lawyer. The 35-year-old guard was shot at about 3:45 a.m. in the Bronx after he defied requests to drop his 9mm Glock. Instead, he pointed at the plainclothes officers, sources told a New York Criminal Lawyer.
“There were lots of shots. It sounded like 50,” said a 55-year-old witness. She ducked into an alley with her Yorkie when the guns started to go off.
“The smell of the gunpowder was really heavy,” she told a New York Criminal Lawyer. Witnesses reported a man with a gun was leaving a club and walking down the street, according to a New York Criminal Lawyer.
The guard left the club in anger after a confrontation with a patron’s girlfriend. Four of the five officers who confronted the guard shot at him. The police do not consider 20 shots excessive.
The plainclothes officers, which included two sergeants and three officers from Bronx anti-crime units, wore their badges around their necks and properly identified themselves. They warned the guard to drop his weapon several time before firing, according to both police and witnesses.
Video surveillance shows the guard walking down the street with the loaded Glock, a personal weapon of his. The tape also showed the guard turning his weapon on the officers, who hid behind a van for about 30 seconds before firing. The guard has been charged with menacing and reckless endangerment, and suspended without pay.
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