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.

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Police officer Jason Maharaj was recognized by multiple community organizations in Ozone Park.

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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.

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“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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