Demetrius Blackwell Charged After Shooting NYPD Cop

Demetrius Blackwell Charged After Shooting NYPD Cop
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A 35-year-old New York City man named Demetrius Blackwell was arrested on Saturday and charged with attempted murder of police officer Brian Moore, aged 25. Blackwell shot the New York police officer in a car. He was charged on Sunday for shooting and illegal possession of a gun.


A spokeswoman for the New York Police Department informed that Moore was fighting for his life at Jamaica Hospital. His condition is stable, but he is still critical. Court papers said Brian had “severe injuries to his skull and brain.”

With a torn white jumpsuit and his hands cuffed behind, the suspect stood silently with no reaction before Judge Michael Yavinsky. He was held without bail, as pointed out by The New York Times.

The suspect did not seek appeal during the five-minute accusation. He is scheduled to appear before the grand jury on Friday.

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David Bart, the lawyer assigned for Blackwell, said that his client “emphatically” denies the charges, which include attack, possession of illegal weapons, attempted murder, first-degree assault and possession of weapons in connection with the shooting.

Three witnesses have identified Blackwell as the shooter.

“It’s a tough search,” said Stephen Davis, the department’s top spokesman, pertaining about the missing weapon.