On Monday, the policeman who tried to stop a man carrying a handgun and was subsequently shot in the head succumbed to his injuries and died.
Brian Moore, 25, was the third New York Police Department officer to have perished while on duty in the last five months, according to Yahoo News.
Moore, who was shot in the head on Saturday, was declared dead at Jamaica Hospital after he had slipped into coma following his brain surgery.
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said, “In his very brief career — less than five years — he had already proved himself to be an exceptional young officer.
“In that career, he had made over 159 arrests protecting and serving the citizens of this city.”
In addition, Moore was also the recipient of two exceptional police service medals, according to CNN.
Bratton said, “We don’t give them out easily.
“He worked for them; he earned them.”
Following Moore’s death, the charges against Demetrius Blackwell will include first-degree murder. If found guilty, the accused in such a case could be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
According to The Washington Post, Assistant District Attorney Peter McCormack said, “This was nothing more and nothing less than a cold-blooded attempt at an assassination of New York’s finest.”
President Obama said, “He came from a family of police officers and the family of fellow officers he joined in the NYPD and across the country deserve our gratitude and our prayers, not just today, but every day.
“They’ve got a tough job,” he said, according to NBC New York.
Moore was taken off life support by his family on Monday. While 100 police officers appeared on Sunday for Blackwell’s arraignment, Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said the officers would return for any more court appearances.
“If you attacked one of us, you’ve attacked all of us,” he said, as reported by CBS New York.
No plea was entered by the accused. David Bart, Blackwell’s court-appointed lawyer, said that Blackwell “has no particular animus toward police officers” and “emphatically denies” the charges.
Bart said that in such a case, “the court rarely asks for [a plea] at this time.”
He said, “I don’t think anyone should rush to judgment.
“I’m still working and looking into things.”
Blackwell could be sentenced to 15 years to life imprisonment if convicted.
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