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GOOD COP, BAD COP Off-duty cop shot while aiding Jamaica woman

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:51 am, Thu Jun 27, 2013.

An off-duty NYPD officer received a gunshot wound to his hand and his alleged attacker was shot in the abdomen on Sunday night when the officer responded to a domestic violence incident in Jamaica.

Police in the 103rd Precinct said Officer Joseph Koch was leaving a party at about 10 p.m. when he saw a 10-year-old child run from a residence at 144-22 South Road calling for help, saying his mother was being assaulted inside.

Jose Bernazard, 38, has been charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault, menacing a police officer, first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree criminal contempt, aggravated criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child.

Koch went to the residence and had entered with his weapon drawn when he allegedly was attacked by Jose Bernazard, 38. Both were shot as he allegedly grabbed for Koch’s gun.

“Although the police officer was off duty at the time, he adhered to his oath to serve and protect the public by immediately going to the aid of the woman allegedly being assaulted by the defendant,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Both men and the victim of the alleged attack, who suffered a laceration on her head, were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Bernazard has been charged with five counts each of assault and criminal contempt, plus single counts of aggravated harassment, burglary, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest.


BAD COP: McLean gets 7 years in Jamaica shooting

A veteran NYPD detective who once served on Mayor Bloomberg’s security detail has been sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting a man believed to be a rival in a romantic relationship.

Leopold McLean, 48, who had been on the force for 19 years, could have gotten up to 25 years when he was sentenced on June 13 by Acting Queens Supreme Court Judge James Griffin.

McLean also was convicted of first- and second-degree reckless endangerment at his trial.

“This should serve as a reminder that no one is above the law,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

McLean was convicted of shooting a fleeing Lepaul Gammons on 119th Road in Jamaica shortly after midnight on Nov. 15, 2010.

The detective confronted Gammons outside the home of a woman both men know.

McLean, who was off duty at the time, pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at Gammons 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 fled from the scene, an act that Brown’s office said was captured on video taken by 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.

A ballistics test of a bullet taken from a fence post on 119th Road determined that it came from the 9 mm Luger handgun registered to McLean.

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