Seward Park Extension Cop Shooter Still at Large 5 Years Later

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 at 9:28 am by

July 2014

It was exactly five years ago that two cops sustained gunfire during a drug bust in the Seward Park Extension on Essex Street. The shooter is still wanted for attempted murder of a police officer, and remains at large; there is a $32,000 bounty on his head.

On July 5, 2012, officers Brian Groves and Eric Corniel chased a suspected drug dealer into a staircase inside the Seward Park Extension. While in pursuit, Groves was shot at point-blank range (eight feet), saved only by his bulletproof vest. The perp ultimately eluded the authorities, and has been on the run ever since. We later learned that this incident was just one event that eventually led to the downfall of a major Lower East Side drug ring (“The Organization”) in December of that year. One that had been in operation since 2007.

The perp has been described as a wiry, 5’9″ black man in his early 20s donning corn-rows and long red shorts with cream stripe. He is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer.

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