[guest post by JVW]
A New York Police Department officer is reportedly in a coma after being shot earlier today in Queens. Brian Moore, 25, was on duty as a plainclothes officer in an unmarked car at 212th Street and 104th Avenue in Queens when he and his partner noticed Demetrius Blackwell, 35, adjusting an object in his waistband. According to reports, the officers were aware of Blackwell’s extensive criminal record and pulled up alongside of him for questioning. Blackwell immediately drew a gun and fired at least three shots, hitting Moore who was in the driver’s seat. Blackwell fled the scene but was arrested in the neighborhood 90 minutes later.
Officer Moore is the fifth member of the NYPD to be shot in the past five months. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed and shot dead in Brooklyn by a Baltimore man this past December, and Officers Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano were wounded while responding to a January grocery store robbery in the Bronx.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has had a frosty relationship with rank-and-file NYPD members, visited Moore and his family in the hospital earlier tonight. Unlike the situation with Liu and Ramos, officers reportedly did not turn their backs to the mayor during his visit. The mayor’s office later sent out the following Tweet:
Please keep the injured police officer, his family, and the entire New York City Police Department in your thoughts tonight.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) May 3, 2015
Here’s praying that Officer Moore makes a full recovery and that the violence directed at police officers stops.
[Update 5/4/15] – Officer Moore has died. The injuries were apparently quite severe, requiring the removal of half of his brain, meaning that he would never have regained full consciousness. My he rest in peace in the hall of heroes.