Armed Citizen in New York
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Journal News, May 9, 2015: An Ann Road woman wrested a gun away from a former boyfriend and shot him to death after he broke into her home early Saturday, police said. The 50-year-old woman, who police would not identify, was also shot during the confrontation. She was taken by ambulance to Danbury (Conn.) Hospital where she was treated for a leg wound and released later in the morning. She will not be charged, police said. "She was defending herself after someone broke into her house," said Carmel police Chief Michael Cazzari. "She was the victim." The man, a 47-year-old Mahopac resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police aren't identifying him until they notify his family. Police were called to the home shortly before 2 a.m. by the woman, who told them that her former boyfriend was trying to break in. At the same time, a tenant in a basement apartment called police to say that he saw a man with a gun in the house. When officers Christopher Fox and James Terrazas arrived less than five minutes later, they found the woman bleeding from a gunshot wound to her leg and the man dead. It's not clear if the man shot the woman or if she accidentally shot herself during the struggle, Cazzari said. A medical cleanup truck was parked outside the home, in an established residential neighborhood near the West Branch Reservoir, Saturday afternoon. Neighbors said that they knew the boyfriend because he frequently drove a loud motorcycle down the normally quiet street. Catherine Cioffi, who lives next door, called the woman "The greatest neighbor you could ever have." She works long hours in New York City but always found time to help Cioffi clear snow from her driveway or to shop, she said. "She's the most wonderful person," Cioffi said. She broke up with her boyfriend at least six months ago, her neighbor said. She hadn't seen him around since then, until Friday afternoon, when she spotted him riding his motorcycle on the short block. Her neighbor was not home at the time, Cioffi said. The woman works as a director at a cardiology research center at a New York City hospital, records show. Her 23-year-old son died in February.
NY Post, March 10, 2015: A retired correction officer fatally shot a man in a crowded downtown Brooklyn subway station Tuesday evening, law enforcement sources said. Gilbert Drogheo, 32, was shot once in the torso after he got into an argument with the former officer on the Borough Hall 4- and 5-train platform just after 6:30 p.m. The confrontation started on a downtown 4 train, when 69-year-old retired correction officer Will Groomes, 68, got on the train at the Bowling Green station and walked past Drogheo, who was with a 29-year-old male. Both had been acting belligerently on the subway car. “They were acting drunk, very loud and obnoxious,” an unidentified eyewitness said. “They started picking on [the officer].” Modal Trigger The confrontation became physical, and the shooting victim punched and spat at the retired officer, police sources said. “Once the older guy got punched, he pulled his gun out and all hell broke loose,” the witness said. When the train reached the Borough Hall station, the altercation spilled onto the platform, where Groomes wrestled with Drogheo while trying to detain him. During the struggle, Groomes told cops that Drogheo and the other man tried to reach for his pistol, police sources said. The retired officer then loaded his gun as they reached the mezzanine. A video released by CBS2 shows the officer pushing the man near a set of turnstiles, and Drogheo shoving him back, thrusting him against emergency doors just before being shot. EMS workers rushed Drogheo to Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
WABC, February 27, 2015: Police are investigating a possible robbery attempt at a gas station in Yonkers that left one man stabbed and another shot. The incident happened just after 9 a.m. at a Citgo station on Saw Mill River Road. The exact details are unknown, but it appears that a man stabbed the gas station worker, who then shot the robber. Arriving officers found a 48-year-old male Yonkers resident with multiple stab wounds to his torso, and a second male, approximately 18 years of age, with two gunshot wounds to his torso. Both were transported to a trauma center in the Bronx. At last report, both were in surgery. At this point, it is unclear if the altercation was a robbery or some sort of dispute. It is unknown at this time what caused the confrontation or if there was any past relationship between the two. Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses and are also attempting to speak with family members of both males. No one has been charged at this time in relation to this incident. Anyone with information can contact the Detective Division at 914-377-7724, all calls will remain confidential.