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Retired New York policeman dies after being shot in Brooklyn


A retired New York City Police Department officer died Monday after being shot in the torso in a confrontation outside a Brooklyn pizzeria, police said.

The 57-year-old officer and a retired correctional officer, also in his fifties, confronted a 33-year-old man who was living with an 86-year-old man in the Kensington area of ​​Brooklyn, deputy chief Joseph Gulotta of the Brooklyn South Detective Borough told reporters on Monday evening.

After the argument became physical, the former correctional officer fired a shot that hit the former cop in the upper body and the younger man in the arm, Chief Gulotta said.

The retired policeman later died at Maimonides Medical Center, he added, and the younger man was in stable condition there as of Monday night. Chief Gulotta refused to name the retired policeman until his family was notified. The police also failed to identify the other men involved.

The confrontation, which took place near Church Avenue and East Third Street in an area full of restaurants and small shops, was reported to police around 7 p.m.

Alex Saied, who owns a deli across from the location of the shooting, said he ran into the street Monday night after hearing a commotion. The former policeman “was lying on the floor,” he said. The former correctional officer, who also lives in the neighborhood, held the 33-year-old man while he was bleeding from his arm, he added.

The dead man was a regular who liked to talk about food and baseball, said Mr Saied.

Alan Dubrow, a former chairman of the Kensington neighborhood committee, said the former police officer was active in local charities and often brought baked goods to police functions.

“It’s amazing,” Mr. Dubrow said late Monday near the crime scene when a police helicopter buzzed overhead. “You spend all these years in the police force, you retire and you are shot.”



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