A veteran NYPD detective who once served on Mayor Bloomberg’s security detail has been found guilty of attempted murder for shooting a man believed to be a rival in a romantic relationship.
Leopold McLean, 48, who was on the force for 19 years, faces between 5 and 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 13.
“This is truly a sad day for everyone when a police officer is convicted of breaking the very laws he has sworn to uphold,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement released by his office on May 23.
“But in the pursuit of justice, nobody is above the law. The defendant must now bear responsibility for his actions,” Brown added.
McLean was convicted of shooting a fleeing Lepaul Gammons near the intersection of 119th Road in Jamaica shortly after midnight on Nov. 15, 2010.
The detective confronted Gammons outside the home of a woman both men know.
Testimony at his trial elicited that McLean, who was off duty at the time, pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at Gammons after demanding to know why he was outside the woman’s residence.
McLean then “stated that he had something” for Gammons and lowered his gun to reach down to his ankle.
Gammons then turned and fled from the scene, which Brown’s office said was captured on video surveillance cameras in the area.
Gammons, running down 119th Road toward Sutphin Boulevard, heard multiple gunshots from McLean’s direction.
One of them hit Gammons in the buttocks.
Brown said Gammons jumped a fence and hid while McLean fired more shots while retreating to his car.
Gammons was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center for treatment.
A ballistics test of a bullet taken from a fence post in 119th Road determined that it came from the 9 mm Luger handgun registered to McLean.