LES Cop Shooting Still Cold Case 8 Years Later
Eight years later, it remains a cold case.
In the early morning hours of July 5, 2012, 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.
Officers Brian Groves and Eric Corniel chased a suspected drug dealer that night into a staircase inside the Seward Park Extension. While in pursuit, Groves was shot at point-blank range (eight feet), and saved only by his bulletproof vest. The perp ultimately eluded the authorities, and has been on the run in the near-decade since. We learned at the time 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. A sting that had been ongoing since 2007.
A police presence remained outside for weeks afterward but proved futile.
Groves, a seven-year veteran, later retired from the force with a tax-free disability pension from injuries related to the gunfire. He currently lives in Florida.
The perp is still described by the 7th Precinct 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.