NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police said a fugitive who was working in a West Village smoke shop shot and wounded three officers who were trying to arrest him Monday afternoon, before the officers returned fire and killed him.
One of the officers may have been saved by his bulletproof vest, police said.
The suspect — Charles Mozdir, 32 — was being sought in the sexual assault of a 7-year-old boy in California in 2012 and possessing child pornography, police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a Monday afternoon news conference.
The NYPD Fugitive Task Force had learned that Mozdir was working at Smoking Culture NYC at 177 W. Fourth St., and went there to arrest him around 1 p.m. Monday, Bratton said. The NYPD detective entered the location and found him apparently alone in the store, Bratton said.
The detective and the U.S. marshals — all part of the Regional Fugitive Task Force — stormed into the shop to arrest Mozdir, and he immediately fired a .32-caliber revolver at close range, Bratton said. The officer immediately returned fire, he said.
Sources told CBS 2 the NYPD officer was shot twice in the abdomen below his bulletproof vest. One of the marshals was shot in the elbow, the other in the buttocks.
The officers were all taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, and their conditions were all reported as stable. They continued to recover late Monday night. Mozdir was taken to North Shore-LIJ System Lenox Hill HealthPlex, where he was pronounced dead.
Bratton said the NYPD detective involved in the shooting may have been saved by the bulletproof vest, which was displayed at the news conference.
“Where you can see is where the round entered. The round was recovered in the vest. So obviously, the vest did save the officer from the grievous injury if that round had entered his chest,” Bratton said.
The wounded NYPD detective is 45 years old and a 25-year veteran of the department, 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis reported. He was being visited at the hospital Monday afternoon by his mother and fiancée when the commissioner and mayor arrived.