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Man shot at cops, died when they shot better

Suspect slain in gunfight he started with officers seeking a triggerman

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:30 am

A young man found out the hard way what might happen when you shoot at police, taking return fire from NYPD officers early last Friday morning in Jamaica and dying at the hospital there, the department reported.

The man was a suspect in a shooting that occurred about 35 minutes before he was killed, according to police. He was reportedly in his 20s but the department had not yet officially released his name as of Wednesday afternoon, pending proper notification of his family, said a sergeant in the NYPD press office. The New York Post identified him as Stephen Gillard, 27, citing police sources.

Officers from the 103rd Precinct responded to a report of an assault in front of 107-35 Sutphin Blvd. at around 1:45 a.m. Aug. 30, police said. The location is a bodega across the street from the end of Lakewood Avenue.

There officers found a 26-year-old man there with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. Emergency Medical Services took him to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

Police at the scene reviewed surveillance footage showing the suspect and broadcast his description and the direction in which he had fled to other cops canvassing the area to find him.

At about 2:19 a.m., the NYPD said, plainclothes officers with the 103rd spotted a man who matched the description near the corner of 156th Street and Brinkerhoff Avenue, also known as 110th Avenue.

“The male observed the officers and fired at their vehicle,” Chief of Department Terence Monahan told the media, as reported by CBS. “The officers exited their unmarked police vehicle and returned fire, striking the male. The male was transported by EMS to Jamaica Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.”

He was shot in the head, Monahan and the NYPD press office both said.

In a version of Monahan’s remarks as prepared for him, released by the press office, it was specified that the suspect had observed them as they “were turning their car around” and then fired.

The press office also said the officers were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park for evaluation, and that a 9 mm handgun was recovered at the scene.

The corner where the shootout took place is in a residential area with a mix of single-family homes and apartments.

CBS and other outlets also reported that police said the dead suspect was known to have gang ties and that the earlier shooting was likely due to a dispute over drugs. The NYPD press office did not respond when asked if that could be confirmed.

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