A 57-year-old retired NYPD police officer was killed by gunfire on Monday night after he and a friend, who is a retired correction officer were called upon to interrupt their pizza outing to respond to a complaint about an intoxicated man on Church Avenue and East 3rd Street in Kensington.
At 7pm, a worker inside 226 Church Ave., called upon the two retired officers to assist with a 33-year-old drunken man who had gotten into a dispute with an 86-year-old man at the pizza shop.
When the two friends came to the aid of the older gentleman, they confronted the assaliant, who grabed the gun of the retired police officer’s friend, as the argument escalated.
Police officers, who were not sure from whose gun the retired cop was shot, said that he was shot in the torso during the physical struggle with the intoxicated man, who was also shot in the arm, when the bullets started to fly.
Since 2004, off-duty and retired police officers can legally carry concealed firearms anywhere in the United States, as police officers, whether they are on duty or not, are expected to help people in danger when they encounter them.
The retired cop left the NYPD in 2015 after protecting New Yorkers for 23 years, police sources said.
Both men were taken to Maimonides Medical Center from the scene of the crime, and the intoxicated man, who is a suspect, is now in police custody.
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