Charlie Vasquez Allegedly Used Gun Stolen From Georgia In Bronx Shooting
A man suspected of using a stolen gun to engage in a brief gun fight in New York City that injured two NYPD police officers last week was indicted on Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the New York Police Department confirmed to Granthshala News Digital, 23-year-old Charlie Vasquez was arrested within the confines of the 48th Precinct. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon: loaded firearm, reckless endangerment, and an incident caught on video. Police described him as a “career criminal”.
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Vasquez was injured and underwent surgery in an alleged gunfight last Wednesday.
Police said officers Alejandra Jacobs and Robert Holmes were both injured, but are expected to make a full recovery. Jacobs, a military veteran and member of the US Air Force Reserve who was with the NYPD for a year, was shot twice in the right arm and was released from St. Barnabas Hospital on Thursday – while he was out When the wheel was driving, the cheer was greeted by colleagues.
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Holmes, an eight-year veteran of the Police Department, was released on Friday. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea showed a bullet hole in Holmes’ blood-soaked shirt, explaining that the male officer was shot in the area of his right armpit and that the bullet was shot in his left chest. “Results within a very different inch.”
“What we do know about the man is that he is a career criminal and there are still many arrests on the streets of New York City, as we have seen so many times,” Shea said. “At this point it seems to me that the community is doing its job by calling the police. We have two incredibly brave police officers doing their job – and just not complaining in the slightest because they are in hospital beds. Looking forward to getting back to work and loving what they do to serve the people of New York City. It’s time for the rest of the system to do its job and make the streets as safe as possible. ”
Surveillance video showed the two officers contacting the suspect in the Bronx at around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Shea said a member of the community dialed 911 to report a man with a gun. Officers responded and contacted the person matching the caller’s description while sitting on the stairs of the building. In the video, he can be seen opening the gate and giving verbal instructions to take his hand out of his pocket.
Instead, the suspect immediately took out his gun and began firing, Shia said.
The video shows the male officer battling with the man, wrestling him to the ground. After the female officer’s upper right hand is injured, she returns to the fire. Investigators believe he fired five shots. Police released a photo of a loaded firearm recovered from the scene, which Xi said was reported stolen in Georgia last year and somehow arrived in New York City to “massage the streets.”
“There’s no fear on the streets right now,” Shea said. “We can take the guns out of the streets and load the trucks. Unless we start putting some of these people in jail, a tragedy will happen to us.”
New York City Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch and Mayor Bill de Blasio also addressed the media at Wednesday’s press conference. The shooting is similar to another incident where two officers were injured on New Year’s Eve a year ago at the 105th compound.
“We started a holiday tradition. Unfortunately, the holiday tradition is spending the holiday in an emergency room next to the bed of a police officer who got shot again,” Lynch said. “Yes, there are guns on the streets but Purpose isn’t afraid to take them. They aren’t afraid to put it on their belt, put it in their pocket and take it out on a police officer. That’s the problem.”
“We have to rectify the political mistakes that happened in the past, so we stop losing police officers and we stop spending holidays praying for their recovery,” the union leader said.