NYPD Officer, who was Shot in Head, Dies
The police officer who was shot in the head by a man with an extensive criminal record has died at a Queens hospital. Officer Brian Moore died two days after the shooting. He was doing well at the New York Police Department and earned service medals in less than five years on the job. However, the destiny had some other plans for the 25-year-old.
Prosecutors say Demetrius Blackwell will face charges of first-degree murder. He was earlier charged for attempted murder and other crimes.
According to Police Commissioner William Bratton, they have lost an exceptional young officer with the death of Moore. “Police Officer Brian Moore sacrificed his life to prevent crime and disorder and to keep communities free from fear. Police Officer Brian Moore's service mattered, and he will be remembered”, added Bratton.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference that Moore suffered fatal injuries because of the gun shot in his head. The alleged perpetrator shot Moore while he was driving in an unmarked police car with his colleague in the Queens Village area of South Queens.
NYPD reported in an official statement that Moore was sitting in the driver's seat when they approached a black man. The man was adjusting an object in his waistband. Moore was shot after he 'positioned the vehicle behind the suspect and inquired about the suspect's actions. It happened so quickly that the two police officers in the car did not have any opportunity to return fire.
Demetrius Blackwell is facing two counts of attempted murder of a police officer. He had previously served time and is now being held without bail. The incident has marked the fifth New York police shooting over the last five months.