NYPD Detective Fired After Allegedly Shooting Partner By Accident
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A veteran NYPD detective was fired Wednesday, about a month after authorities said he accidentally shot his partner in the wrist.
Detective Jay Poggi, a 31-year veteran of the NYPD who was assigned to the 75th Precinct in East New York, Brooklyn, has been terminated by the department, police confirmed Wednesday.
On April 24, Poggi, 58, was arrested on a drunk driving charge after authorities said he accidentally shot his partner, Detective Matthew Sullivan.
Poggi had taken out his revolver to show his partner the weapon’s hammer when it discharged, authorities said. It happened inside a car in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens just after 3 a.m. April 24.
After the accidental shooting, Poggi drove Sullivan to Jamaica Hospital Center, where Sullivan underwent surgery, police said.
Prosecutors said Poggi was arrested after he failed a field sobriety test. They said he later refused to take a Breathalyzer test and has been suspended without pay.
Poggi was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on June 16.
Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
- Potholes Causing Problems For Many Across Tri-State Area
- De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar
- Funeral Held For NYPD Detective Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On Sprain Brook Parkway
- Mayor Bill De Blasio To Visit Israel This Summer
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)