LES Cop Shooting Still Cold Case 8 Years Later

Posted on: July 7th, 2020 at 5:11 am by

Essex Street, Jan. 2013

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.

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