Gang Members Charged with Shooting Off Duty Cop
Prosecutors say the five gang members were indicted on federal charges wounded the officer during a shootout.
Officials say the 33-year-old cop was driving a fellow officer home after his shift at the 43rd Precinct on October 30, 2018. At East 137th Street in Mott Haven gunshots rang out.
The officer tried to drive away but a bullet hit his car and struck him. Fortunately the cop only suffered a graze wound to the shoulder.
Five members and associates of the “Jack Boyz” street gang were charged with racketeering and firearm offenses in connection with the shooting of an off-duty NYPD officer.
PATRICK AVILA, a/k/a “Pat,” JALEN COLDS, a/k/a “Jay Gunz,” NAZAE BLANCHE, a/k/a “Zae,” and DONNELL JENKINS, a/k/a “Nellz,” were taken into custody.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged in the indictment, this gang committed a brazen act of violence, and one of New York City’s finest was struck by their gunfire. Thanks to the extraordinary work of the NYPD, these defendants will now face justice in federal court.”
NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said: “When an off-duty cop was driving home from work in October, he was struck in the chest during a gang-related shooting.
“This further highlighted our efforts to precisely investigate and rid from New York City streets such brazen criminals. We stand with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners ready to identify and bring to justice drug dealers and gang members who are at the root of crime and violence in our city. With these arrests, we continue to make significant progress in our work to make the streets of New York safer for everyone.”