marshals, police wounded, fugitive dead in NYC gunfight
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[July 29, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two U.S.
marshals and a New York police detective were wounded and a fugitive
wanted on sex abuse charges was killed in a shootout in the city's
upscale Greenwich Village neighborhood on Monday, authorities said.
The detectives tracked 32-year-old Charles Mozdir, who was
recently featured on a TV show about fugitives, to the Smoking
Culture smoke shop where he worked and attempted to arrest him on
child molestation charges filed in the San Diego, California, area,
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference.
Mozdir opened fire in the tiny store. The three officers were
injured and Mozdir was killed. Police recovered a .32 caliber
handgun from the scene and 20 additional bullets from Mozdir's
pockets, Bratton said.
Mozdir was recently on CNN's "The Hunt" reality television show with
former "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, which sets out to
catch fugitives, said U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue.
The U.S. Marshals Service worked on "The Hunt" in Mozdir's case,
The wounded law enforcement agents were hospitalized and in stable
condition Monday evening, Bratton said. One was wounded below his
bullet proof vest, one was injured on the elbow, and the last
suffered a wound to his buttocks.
Bratton said that a bullet-proof vest worn by one of the detectives
caught a slug before it could penetrate his body, saving his life.
He did not provide identities for the agents, pending notification
of family members.
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Greenwich Village, a wealthy neighborhood called home by celebrities
and students attending New York University, rarely experiences
violent crime. No shootings had been reported in the neighborhood
this year, as of last Sunday, according to police statistics.
Bratton declined to provide any specific information on the case
against Mozdir, how he was tracked, or more details on the
firefight, citing the ongoing investigation by the NYPD and the U.S.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney and Curtis Skinner; Editing by Eric
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