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Deer Park’s Adeed Fayaz, a veteran NYPD police officer and father of three, died three days after being shot off duty in Brooklyn. He was 26.
NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell reported the sad news Tuesday afternoon in the following tweet.
Fayaz was shot in the head in East New York in a botched robbery after meeting up with someone who was selling a $24,000 car on Facebook Marketplace, authorities said.
When the officer arrived with his brother-in-law, the gunman announced the robbery and displayed a gun, leading to an exchange of gunfire that wounded the officer, according to Michael Baldassano, assistant chief of the NYPD Detectives Bureau.
Fayaz was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Fayaz’s family and dozens of police officers gathered outside a Brooklyn hospital Tuesday evening as his body was loaded into an ambulance and driven away in a procession.
Authorities believe Randy Jones, 38, shot Officer Fayaz on Saturday after luring him to the location in Brooklyn, Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a news conference.
Jones was arrested Monday at a Days Inn in Nanuet, about 35 miles north of New York City. A woman and five children ages 6 months to 11 years were with him at the motel, Essig said. Police detained Jones using Fayaz’s handcuffs, Essig said.
Immediately following the armed robbery, Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, called on state legislators to find ways to attack gun and violence problems.
“You want to see reality, look at the devastation that those rounds caused to that young man’s body, listen to the cries of a wife, a father, a mother, their children. That’s reality. It’s causing devastation. This has to end,” he said.
With the Associated Press