Report: Detective Warned Of Laffer’s Guns Months Before Medford Massacre

Laffer In Jailhouse Interview: Oh No. Look What I Did Now

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A police report released Friday shows that a Suffolk County detective was concerned about David Laffer having a pistol permit months before the Medford pharmacy massacre.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

The report says Detective Kenneth Ripp was called out to the Laffer’s home five months earlier to investigate an identity theft claim. According to the report, Laffer’s mother told police her son admitted stealing her debit card and taking cash out of her bank account.

To read the full police report, click here.

As detectives were questioning Laffer and his mother, they found out there were “several handguns and rifles” inside the home, the report says, and that all were registered with pistol permits.

That’s when Ripp called the Suffolk County Pistol License Bureau to check on Laffer’s gun permits and to ask if they should take the guns away. According to Ripp’s attorney, Jeffrey Goldberg, his client warned police that Laffer might be dangerous, and told the bureau that they should seize Laffer’s guns.

“When he found out who the suspect was and that [he] used a handgun, he was very upset because these guns could have been removed prior to this horrible incident,” Goldberg told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

The officer at the Pistol License Bureau said the guns could stay with the Laffers, but that she would let her supervisor know about the investigation.  The License Bureau said its hands were tied because Laffer had not been arrested and his mother had refused to press charges against her son.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer issued the following statement. “Prior to the horrific murders at Haven Drugs, the Suffolk County Police Department received no information from any source indicating that Mr. Laffer was a Drug Abuser. Any information or allegations of acts of violence or illegal drug use brought to the attention of the Police Department would have been forwarded to the Pistol License Bureau and would have caused an immediate investigation and a suspension of a Pistol License issued to a person accused of either act.”

Dormer also released another statement Friday evening saying “Newsday’s story recklessly trashes the reputations of officers in the Pistol License Bureau who followed each and every procedure required under the police department’s procedures and New York State and Federal Law.”

The statement went on to say that the Newsday story gave the victims’ families “unsubstantiated and 100 percent false belief” that the suspect’s guns could have been taken away in January.

“I just think it’s disgusting that my daughter could be alive today, if it wasn’t for Suffolk County,” said Ralph Taccetta, whose daughter Jamie, was among those killed.

However, Suffolk’s pistol license handbook says there is wide lattitude — that police may rescind a gun permit if they feel there is a danger, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: Could The Murders Have Been Prevented?

Meanwhile, Laffer spoke about the shootings in a jailhouse interview with Newsday.

“Oh no, look what I did now,” is what Laffer says he thought just after he shot pharmacist Raymond Ferguson in the gut.

Even though he brought a loaded .45 caliber handgun into the pharmacy he and his wife Melinda Brady planned on robbing, he says he didn’t intend to shoot anyone. Instead, Laffer reportedly claims he was trying to pull the gun out of a backpack when it got snagged on a strap and went off.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota has his own opinion of Laffer’s claim.

“He’s an outrageous liar,” Spota said.

Spota says Laffer’s claims directly contradict statements he swore to in court and evidence seen in surveillance video.

“The video clearly shows he deliberately raises his backpack, aims and shoots,” Spota told Newsday. “Questions were put to him under oath about every shot he fired and he swore to the court every shot was intentional and he acknowledged he intended to kill everybody, including the pharmacist.”

Laffer reportedly said he brought in a loaded gun because he was aware that another would-be robber had previously tried to use an empty gun and got jumped. That incident happened a few months prior in Patchogue.

In the interview, Laffer acknowledged he planned to leave no witnesses. He also expressed regret for the killings, particularly for shooting Jaime Taccetta, who was planning her wedding.

“I know she was dealing with limos, and plans like that. I feel very remorseful over that. Very regretful,” Laffer said.

Laffer is set to be sentenced to life without parole on Oct. 17 following his guilty plea. He currently gets a cordon of correction officers accompanying him anywhere he goes, but he knows that won’t last.

“I’m not even under any illusions that I’d make it 15 years,” he said.

What do you make of Laffer’s remarks? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Shakma says:

    Taccetta’s brother looks like he pops a few pills himself. I can understand her family grieving and in pain over their loss but the brother just loves being in front of the camera. Hope he gets himself some help for he doesn’t want to mess up his life the same way Laffer did.

  2. Shakma says:

    I do not condone what Laffer did. I truly believe he was a good but misguided human being that really destroyed his life on the worst impulse possible. I feel horrible for his family, friends and loved ones that now have to face their loss. There are no winners in this situation.

    He was sick. Addiction is a disease and this was the final aftermath of this. My prayers go out to the victim’s family as well.

    As for Suffolk Police, they would have never had a solid case if it wasn’t for Laffer’s own neighbors.

  3. long islander says:

    hind sight is all ways 20/20

  4. yeap says:

    I couldn’t agree more. this loser will be gone soon enough.

    1. LAFFER'S FAMILY says:

      EVERYONE REALLY NEEDS TO STFU………WHAT LAFFER DID CANNOT BE CONDONED…BUT HE ALSO HAS A FAMILY….AND HIS FAMILY SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHED FOR HIS WRONG DOINGS!!!!

      1. Scrotumcheese Mcgillicuddy says:

        I bet you’re sorry he’s incarcerated..sounds like you need a fix.

        Looooooo Zerrrrrrrrrrr

  5. tax payer from the island says:

    SUFFOLK COUNTY COPS AT THEIR BEST…. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE THE SECOND HIGHEST PAID POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD… I THINKL I’LL PUT IN AN APPLICATION… I’LL MAKE AT LEAST 90,000 A YEAR AND RETIRE WITH 75,000 PLUS BENEFITS….. NOT A BAD JOB … JUST DRIVING AROUND PRETENDING TO WORK PROCTECTING THE PUBLIC… WHAT A JOKE !!!!!!

  6. dr. meh says:

    So much for the legalize guns argument.

    1. The Facts says:

      You cannot deprive people of their Constitutional rights just because some nuts abuse them.

  7. The Facts says:

    Even if his licensed handguns were removed by the police, he could easily have obtained others on the black market or used some other weapon. It is very rare for licensed handguns to be used in crimes because of the intensive screening process used in granting the licenses.

    1. Scrotumcheese Mcgillicuddy says:

      The loser couldn’t even score friggin pills. I don’t think he had the means to get a gun, without another gun to get it.

      1. laffer's family says:

        WRONG…DAVID LAFFER WAS AN ARMY-TRAINED MARKSMAN WITH A LICENSED PISTOL PERMIT….

  8. thor's hammer says:

    shame on newsday & all forms of media that give voice to murderers, and other criminals. why let his words further hurt the surviving family members & friends of his victims. there is no sympathy for this murderer. freedom of speech should not extend to behind bars. 4 innocent people will never speak again, why should their murderer have privileges. no perks for perps. the justice system needs to develop some teeth. justice for the victims of criminals only.

    1. LAFFER'S FAMILY says:

      WHAT DAVID LAFFER DID WAS UNTHINKABLE BUT HE IS STILL HUMAN…..HIS WORDS WERE AN EFFORT TO BRING CLOSURE, NOT STIR UP THE POT!

      WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

  9. Peter says:

    I have no confidence in the SC PC having seen his news conferences concerning all the unsolved dumped corpses at Suffolk County beaches.He may be a nice old man, but smart is not the first word that comes to mind when i see or hear him.

  10. Sir Joe says:

    Don’t worry, in a year or two from now, you’ll read online or in the papers how this guy hung himself in his jailcell, just like the Craigslist killer who commited suicide by shoving towells down his own throat [what a horrible way to die!], this guy is not going to last too much longer in jail. You just wait.

    1. LAFFER'S FAMILY says:

      NOPE…TRY AGAIN….

  11. William says:

    The M O N K E Y says: “Oh no, look what I did now.”

    Same as the executioner should have been able to say after the switch.

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