Undercover Cops Shoot, Kill Man Armed with Pellet Gun

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On Saturday night around 10:45, two undercover NYPD detectives shot a man to death when he brandished what appeared to be a Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol, pointing it at the officers. It turned out to be a compressed air pistol.

The two cops, 48 and 42, were in Ridgewood, Queens, in the middle of a buy and bust operation. As they were arresting a drug dealer, a 33-year-old Hispanic man named Nolan Rivera, he yelled, "They're the cops you idiot!" 

When the cops turned in the direction RIvera was yelling, they saw a 42-year-old Hispanic male emerging from a livery cab with what appeared to be a gun. The detectives, fearing for their life, both drew their own handguns and fired. One released five rounds, while the other only shot once. The man, still unidentified, was struck six times in the chest and leg. The shooting victim was then rushed to Wyckoff Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


The two detectives recovered the weapon, which turned out to be Walther C99 compressed air pistol. Rivera wasn't shot, but he was also taken to the hospital when it was discovered that he'd swallowed crack cocaine. Rivera was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and criminal possession of marijuana.

The deceased's name is being withheld pending family notification, though authorities say he was arrested 39 times before, including four times in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It was the first on-duty shooting incident for the detectives, who both started in 2003.


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willout
willout

I don't blame the police on this one. Pellet guns can easily be confused for the real deal and in a split second decision, what are you going to do? There are a lot of sites advising on this and promoting education such as http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-safety.htm. it is sad this happened, but the officer made a difficult decision in a split second.

Michael
Michael

How much did NYPD pocket. I'm estimating a few thousand out of this drug transaction and they put down a dealer. Gotta pay for childrens college tuition and make the mortgage payments.

MottHoople
MottHoople

Apologies messed up the edit There should be an immediate release of information regarding whether or not the officers involved in this fatal shooting were members of firearm promoting organizations like the national rifle association. NRA. Immediately at the scene they should have been subjected to HAIR ANALYSIS as well as blood and urine toxicology screenings. The police screenings are lax on steroids they should check thoroughly for their presence. This should be done in any case where a public servant or anyone else shoots another person. This horrific incident illustrates what has gone horribly wrong with firearm policy. According to FBI statistics in New York in 2011 out of all the people murdered with a firearm 75% of the time it was a handgun. Its the same or worse in most of the other states. Yet criminally, powerful agencies like the PBA, FOP, AFSCME and the like work with the NRA to buy law from their separation of powers violating business partners the ABA. Warping the second amendment beyond anything reasonable or common sense can allow, keeping gun laws lax and guns on the street and people shooting at each other. Anyone taking an honest look at the statistics can see at a glance that we have a serious HANDGUN problem. The root cause and source of that problem lies on the belt of police who already also have tasers, mace, and billyclubs as well as other experimental prototypes in the works. The situation has become ridiculous. Something has to be done. Handgun owners are holding everyone else hostage. I love when they say you should have to carry one to protect their right to carry one. Ending gun violence begins with disarming the police. Lets end gun violence now. Ban all handguns, sawed offs, semis, autos, and military weapons. Anyone over the age of 18 and hasn't been convicted of a gun crime or stalking should be able to have a long stock rifle or shotgun with a safety course. Police firearms should be locked in the trunk of their car or back at the station to be unlocked only in an emergency. There are no heros here these guys are using their criminally excessive influence to keep the public in fear of gun violence, minorities, and gangs/ organized crime built around a drug war they are forcing on the public against their will and which they ultimately have been the largest financial beneficiaries thereof.

MottHoople
MottHoople

This horrific incident iillustrates what has gone horribly spectacularly wrong with handguns. According to FBI statistics in 2011 out of all the people murdered with a firearm 75% of the time it was a handgun. Its the same or worse in most of the other states. Yet criminally, excessively powerful agencies like the PBA, FOP, AFSCME and the like work with the NRA to buy law from their separation of powers violating business partners the ABA. Keeping gun laws lax keeping guns on the street and people shooting at each other. Anyone taking an honest look at the statistics that we have a serous HANDGUN problem. The root cause and source of that problem lies on the belt of police who already also have tasers, mace, and billyclubs as well as other experimental prototypes in the works. The situation has become ridiculous. Handgun owners are holding everyone else hostage. I love when they say you should have to carry one to protect their right to carry one. Ending gun violence begins with disarming the police. Lets end gun violence now. Ban all handguns, sawed offs, semis, autos, and military weapons. Anyone over the age of 18 and hasn't been convicted of a gun crime or stalking should be able to have a long stock rifle or shotgun with a safety course. Police firearms should be locked in the trunk of their car or back at the station to be unlocked only in an emergency. There are no heros here these guys are using their criminally excessive influence to keep the public in fear of gun violence, minorities, and gangs organized crime built around a drug war they are forcing on the public against their will and which they ultimately have been the largest financial beneficiaries thereof.

a.everett1287
a.everett1287

@reallyrshackleford71 Sorry, problem with the last post. 

reallyrshackleford71 Um. there's a few problems with your post.First, while I firmly support the notion to decrease gun violence, I'm not sure that disarming the police would really accomplish that.1. Say you started with disarming the police, and then disarming the populace; you'd have unarmed police officers attempting to take weaponry from armed people. That will not turn out well.2. The idea that, even if every gun was banned, there would be no guns is a foolhardy one. I support the utopia, but I'm also realistic; this cannot exist, due to the over-saturation of guns. Then you'd have the same problem listed above; unarmed police officers dealing with armed individuals.3. The idea that a police officer's weapon should be BACK AT THE STATION is completely ridiculous; if someone is intent on shooting or stabbing a police officer, they won't wait until the officer goes to his locked car (in the best case) or drives all the way back to the police station.

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