Police have identified the suspect as Michael Soto.
A suspect in the fatal shooting of a retired New York City Police Department officer has been held in Brooklyn on Monday.
Police have identified the suspect as 33-year-old Michael Soto. He has been charged with murder, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and assault.
Retired officer Thomas Marinan, 57, was gunned down after going into a pizzeria in Kensington with his friend, a retired city corrections officer, whose father was being harassed by an unruly 33-year-old man at around 7:30 p.m. . law enforcement source.
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New York Post, citing court records, reports that Marinen’s friend drew a gun at Soto when the suspect said, “I’ll kill you and shoot you.”
The report states that a gunfight ensued and a shot was accidentally fired, injuring Soto’s arm and Marinen’s chest. Witnesses told the newspaper that Soto was drunk at the time and was being treated at a nearby hospital for his injuries.
Marinan’s nephew Nick White, a police officer, told the newspaper he was relieved that the suspect was off the streets.
“It’s a heavy burden off our shoulders to know that he’s not there and there’s nothing he can do for the vulnerable in the community,” he said.