A retired New York correction officer allegedly shot and killed an unarmed man during an evening rush subway confrontation in Brooklyn, NY that sent passengers scrambling for safety, according to the New York Daily News.
The incident began about 6:30 p.m. when the 32-year-old slain man, Gilbert Drogheo, and another man began harassing the 69-year-old retired corrections officer as he boarded a Brooklyn-bound 4 train in Lower Manhattan, the report says.
Witnesses tell the News that the victim or his friend started talking trash to the older man, who allegedly whipped out a gun as the confrontation escalated and turned physical. All three men are Black, the report notes.
The New York Daily News reports:
[T]he dispute heated up as the train left the station and traveled through the tunnel under the East River, then turned violent when one member of the duo punched the retired correction officer in the head as he tried to get off at Borough Hall, [a witness Thomas] Berry and police said…
Surprised by the blow, the older man allegedly pulled out a gun, witnesses say.
The retired officer held the gun to the puncher’s side, but the younger man pushed him away, knocking him onto one of the subway car’s seats.
The scuffle continued as the ex-corrections officer allegedly followed the men as they exited the train.
The witness said the gunman followed Drogheo up the stairs to the mezzanine level. It was not clear if he had his gun drawn as he went upstairs. A video obtained by Channel 2 shows the retired correction officer punching Drogheo. Then the scuffle resumed, and the retiree shot the younger man once in the torso during the struggle, according to police and MTA sources.
SOURCE: New York Daily News | VIDEO SOURCE: NDN