Retired NYPD Officer Shoots Car Jacker in the Head

According to NYPD, two men, yet to be identified, stole a Lexus SUV and then attempted to flee the area. For some reason, the pair of criminals decided to ditch the stolen car, and abandoned it around 138th and 225th St. in Laurelton Queens

Then they began to search for another vehicle to steal. They jumped into the backyard of a retired New York City corrections officer and tried to steal his vehicle. But the car’s owner spotted them.

The unidentified victim told police he pulled a gun and ordered the men to the ground which they complied with initially.

However, perhaps thinking he saw an opportunity, one of the would-be car thieves jumped up, pulled a revolver and pistol-whipped the victim in the face.

The corrections officer fired his pistol, striking his assailant in the head. The other man took off running but responding police quickly found him hiding in an abandoned house a few blocks away.

Medical responders rushed the shot criminal to Jamaica Hospital, but NYPD Chief Terence Monahan said during a press release about the incident that he is unlikely to survive his wound.

The 58-year-old retired officer was taken to the same hospital for treatment of lacerations to his face but is otherwise unharmed.

Kirsten Amereno, a neighbor of the victim said he has been a trusted member of the neighborhood community for some time.

“I saw all the commotion and they told me I couldn’t come down the block. He’s a sweet man. I mean, I don’t think he would do anything to harm anyone. For many years, he’s been on this block for many years and never bothered anyone.”

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  1. Rob on February 2, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Good example of staying aware even when things seem to be going your way. It could have really gone south for this home owner/retiree if he hadn’t been armed.

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