JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBSNewYork) – A fugitive accused of shooting an NYPD officer 20 years ago has been captured in Florida.

Lester Pearson, 43, was taken into custody at his Jacksonville home.

He allegedly shot off-duty NYPD Officer Vincent Ling in 1999.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill offered his thanks on Twitter, saying “Law enforcement professionals demonstrate time & again that we are patient & that our collaborative forces have a very long reach.”


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