Off-Duty Brooklyn Police Officer Dies After Being Shot in an Attempted Robbery.
A Brooklyn, New York police officer has died after being shot during a failed robbery attempt.
On Saturday around 7 p.m. when an unknown gunman shot and critically wounded Officer Adeed Fayaz during an attempted robbery on Ruby Street near Linden Boulevard in East New York.
Officials say Fayaz, who is from Deer Park, went with his brother-in-law to buy a car he arranged to pick up through Facebook Marketplace.
Fayaz and his brother in law were met by the assailant who asked whether either of them was carrying a gun. When they responded negatively other man allegedly grabbed Fayaz in a headlock, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.
Fayaz broke free and the would-be robber shot him in the head. The brother in law took a gun from Fayaz's holster and returned fire, getting off six shots before the gunman fled in a 2011 BMW.
Fayaz was taken to an area hospital and given immediate care for his life threatening wounds.
On Monday Brooklyn police identified and arrested the suspected gunman. According to reports, the BMW was linked to a woman believed to be the mother of the gunman. Randy Jones, 38, was arrested at the Days Inn hotel in Nanuet where he had been hiding out along with a female companion.
He was taken into custody with the wounded officer's handcuffs and was taken to the 75th Precinct and expected to be charged with attempted murder of the officer.
"We wanted him to know what he did to that officer," Chief of Detectives James Essig said. "I think it sends a powerful message."
Five children also in the hotel room from ages 6 months to 11 years old were removed by police and given assistance.
The woman was not charged. Charges against Jones are pending the execution of two search warrants.
Unfortunately, Officer Fayaz passed away less than 24 hours after the arrest of the man who allegedly shot him.
Police officers believe that Jones had been part of a team who scammed people using Facebook Marketplace. There have been other robberies with similarities to the one attempted on Fayaz and his brother-in-law. The other robberies reflect a two-man team who make their getaway in a dark colored BMW.
Our prayers are with Fayaz's family, friends and the Brooklyn community.