NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) “Two NYPD officers were shot dead in Queens on Tuesday afternoon.”
Springfield Gardens took place on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, 179th Street, shortly before 1 p.m.
Both officers were transported to the Jamaican hospital, where they were recovered Tuesday night.
Police say 41-year-old New York City University Peace Officer Rondell Goppy opened fire for the first time. Officers shot him and killed him.
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Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Goppy’s wife went into District 105 on Tuesday morning to report a domestic violence incident on Monday night. The debate allegedly began with allegations of infidelity.
He returned home around 12:40 with two domestic violence officers, Shea said.
Shea said Goppy wasn’t home when they arrived, but she walked into the house shortly after.
– In about six minutes, he’ll come to the residence and start shooting. Whether you’ve been waiting or arriving by accident at this point, it will be part of the investigation, ”Shea said.
He hit one of the officers on his right thigh and had a fracture of the femur. The other officer was shot at least once and hit both hands.
Investigators say it is currently unclear how many shots the officers fired back at Goppy, but he lost his life at the scene.
Goppy’s wife was not injured in the shooting.
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“The police are running, all the cops are running back and forth, and there are cars, ambulances, everything is going back and forth,” said neighbor Ione King.
“We heard that a few shots were fired and then a lot of cops came,” another neighbor said.
Investigators said Goppy was a licensed gun owner.
These are the two firearms that were brought from the scene of the shooting. pic.twitter.com/3Zpe3yRvOS
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The police commissioner said Goppy had no criminal history, but had four violent calls within the family at home. Shea said the fact that there were advance calls and Goppy had a gun will be part of the investigation.
As CBS2 Andrea Grymes reports, there is sad irony when we look at Goppy’s social media. In 2017, he tweeted about donating toys to children affected by domestic violence.
A friend of Goppy arrived at the scene on Tuesday in defense and told reporters that Goppy is active in the community, writes CBS2 Ali Bauman.
“I knew something was wrong with him since last Wednesday. It just didn’t look the same, Goppy’s friend said.
He said Goppy had recently betrayed his fear of losing custody of his own two children.
– I think it’s broken. He was just tired. He couldn’t take it anymore, he said. – But I didn’t know that.
The injured officers were in the police station for 14 and six years, respectively.
“There are officers here who do the gentleman’s work.” They protect survivors of domestic violence. They get into the most varied, the most difficult situations you can imagine, ”said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “They do it to protect innocent people who have been victims of abuse. And here we have a situation where a woman is in danger and these officers have come in to protect her, only to be harmed immediately. Thank God they will pull over.
“That woman’s life was saved today.” I want to be crystal clear. Since these officers were there, that woman is alive and I say God bless them, ”de Blasio added.
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“Those who don’t respect the cops are the ones who want to say,‘ Well, let’s get them off, take them out of all other types of work, ’well, here’s an example. This is an example of a domestic debate. This is an example of police officers walking in, shooting. What would happen if the police were not there? said Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolence Association. – And remember: We were called to go there. And as these two police officers put themselves in danger, he went to the call professionally, no one else died.
“An attack on one police officer is an attack on all law enforcement. Nassau police share a sacred bond with members of the NYPD. We extend our thoughts to the wounded officers today and hope they bring full healing. Police are threatening their own safety for the safety of others, and we need to applaud them for real, everyday heroes. , ”Said James McDermott, president of the Nassau County Police Charitable Association.
According to a police source, at one point, these three registered guns were removed from Goppy’s home because of his domestic violence story, but the courts subsequently returned them.
The couple do have children, but it is not yet clear where they were at the time of the shooting.
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