NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens neighborhood came together Saturday to honor an NYPD officer.
He was off-duty when he took down a gunman in a convenience store shooting.
Police officer Jason Maharaj was recognized by multiple community organizations in Ozone Park.
Back on Oct. 26, Maharaj was inside the Craft Beer Lotto Cigar Store on Crossbay Boulevard.
He confronted a man who police say had just shot an employee.
“It was crazy, scary. It was like a split-second decision, what I had to do,” Maharaj said.
Maharaj apprehended the suspect before more officers could arrive and make an arrest.
The employee, 26-year-old Mohmediyan Tarwala, was killed.
The suspect, 63-year-old Steven Cohen, faces charges for murder and possessing a weapon.
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