Cops Tase Shooting Suspect who Pointed Loaded Gun at Officer on Columbia Street
Police tased a man suspected in an uptown shooting early Saturday morning on Columbia Street after he pointed a loaded firearm at an officer.
7th Precinct Police Officers Joseph Stokes and Daniel Amaral were reportedly driving along Columbia Street near Rivington Street at around 6am when they spotted a 2013 white Dodge Challenger that matched the plates of a car the NYPD said was connected to an April 28 shooting in Washington Heights.
The car was parked outside 90 Columbia Street, so the cops radioed for backup (Jose Aracena and Luis Perez) and waited for the wanted driver – later identified as 28-year-old Amado Zubidi – to return.
Upon return, Zubidi refused to exit the vehicle and a struggle ensued. The perp then allegedly grabbed a loaded .38-caliber revolver on the floor of the car, and pointed it against Aracena’s gut, according to the New York Post.
Officer Perez, who had his stun gun at the ready as a precaution, fired it at Zubidi, immobilizing him.
Police confirmed Zubidi’s role in the April shooting, and further charged him with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.