Three law-enforcement officers executing a warrant as part of the federal Fugitive Task Force were injured in a shooting on Monday afternoon at West 4th Street near Sixth Avenue in the West Village. According to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who spoke at a previously scheduled press conference with Mayor de Blasio, the suspect is deceased and a firearm was recovered. The officers, two U.S. Marshals and one NYPD detective, were transported to Bellevue Hospital and are in stable condition.
"It appears that the injuries to the officers are not life threatening," said Mayor de Blasio.
Jones Street, looking at the head shop where the shooting occurred. pic.twitter.com/4Gsfe74lkC— Danielle Tcholakian (@danielleiat) July 28, 2014
NYPD choppers buzzing overhead where two law enforcement officers were shot in the Village pic.twitter.com/juJgEUHkgx— Danielle Tcholakian (@danielleiat) July 28, 2014
We'll update as more details become available.
2 US Marshals and a cop just got shot a block away from my house. pic.twitter.com/SHTaWtzzXh— Alex Brook Lynn (@AlexBrookLynn) July 28, 2014
Update, 3:20 p.m.: The suspect has been identified as Charles Mozdir, who was wanted for child molestation in California. On July 17, Mozdir was featured on CNN's The Hunt With John Walsh, and a tip after the show aired led authorities to Manhattan, the New York Post reports.
Dang, CNN's John Walsh gets results. pic.twitter.com/BGeN6N5fWz— Dorsey Shaw (@dorseyshaw) July 28, 2014
He's been missing since the summer of 2012, according to CNN:
The Coronado Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service searched for Mozdir in Georgia and California, as well as the Mexican state of Baja California. On June 20, 2012, Coronado police found Mozdir's abandoned vehicle hidden in the brush outside the coastal Georgia town of Darien. The license plate had been ripped off and there was an extra gas tank inside. A bloodhound picked up Mozdir's scent near U.S. Highway 17. There has been no sign of Mozdir since.
He is considered a threat. "Certainly I believe that he is out there right now harming children and harming other people, I absolutely believe that," said Steve Jurman, a supervisory deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service. Mozdir was last seen in San Diego by his sister with his dog, a black lab named Lucky. He has search and rescue and EMT training, and may be able to live off the land for extended periods of time.
The detective was shot twice in the torso, one marshal was shot in the buttocks and the other was shot in the shoulder, according to Stephen Davis, a spokesman for the Police Department.
Update, 5:50 p.m.: DNA Info adds that law enforcement "tracked Mozdir through his cell phone as he worked in the the West 4th Street shop on Monday." He allegedly opened fire when they attempted to arrest him.
Suspect worked in West 4th smoke shop, was alone when officers went in. "Immediately upon entry, a gun battle ensued," @CommissBratton says— jdavidgoodman (@jdavidgoodman) July 28, 2014
This post has been updated throughout.