Undercover Police Stop and Frisk on Essex for Suspected Cop Shooter

Posted on: July 6th, 2012 at 6:24 pm by
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Police officers remain on high alert around the Lower East Side in the wake of the cop shooting that transpired inside the Seward Park Extension complex early Thursday morning. Boogie reader BW sent in this photo from just before 6 pm, showing a man reportedly fitting the description of the suspect being questioned by uniformed and plainclothes officers outside the old Essex Market building.

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Credit: NYPD

Our tipster notes that:

Cops frisked a black gentleman with cornrows and red shorts half a block from the Seward Park project. Didn’t seem to be the culprit (he wasn’t cuffed), but you can tell they’ve got an undercover presence (including fake cabs) nearby ready to jump on anyone fitting the shooter’s description.

It was a kevlar bulletproof vest that ultimately saved officer Brian Groves while responding to a possible drug-related incident inside 64 Essex Street. On the 22nd floor, he flung open the stairwell door and encountered a man with a pistol. The perp fired at a distance of less than eight feet and fled. According to the New York Times:

Officer Corneil joined Officer Groves in chasing the man down the stairs. Between the 18th and 19th floors, the commissioner said, the gunman turned and fired at least once. Officer Groves fired four rounds in return, he said, adding that it was unclear whether he had hit the gunman.

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