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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cop Mistakenly Shoots Suspect's Father

NYPD officer mistakenly shoots drug suspect's dad
The Wall Street Journal/Associated Press - January 22, 2011

NEW YORK — A drug raid in the Bronx went awry Saturday when a police officer accidentally fired his gun and wounded the suspect's elderly father, authorities said. The shooting involved an officer whose own policeman father was killed in the line of duty nearly three decades ago. New York police officials said the shooting happened at around 7 a.m. as a tactical squad entered an apartment to arrest a man on a narcotics charge. As the raid unfolded, one of the arresting officers, Andrew McCormack, inadvertently discharged his weapon, striking the suspect's 76-year-old father in the stomach, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation. The man wounded in Saturday's raid was hospitalized in stable condition, authorities said. He is expected to survive. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly visited the victim at Jacobi Medical Center on Saturday afternoon, police said. The commissioner also met with members of his family. The department said McCormack's duty status remained unchanged Saturday afternoon. The circumstances of the shooting were being investigated. McCormack's father, Joseph McCormack, was killed in 1983. Bad luck played a role in the death. According to newspaper accounts, a mentally disturbed man who had barricaded himself in a Bronx home fired a shotgun blast that ricocheted off a tree and hit McCormack as he took cover in a neighboring yard. The shooter then was killed by officers returning fire. Andrew McCormack was a child at the time, but he followed in his father's footsteps and graduated from the police academy in 1999. After his father was killed, his mother, Susan McCormack, co-founded Survivors of the Shield, a support group for the families of slain police officers. The drug suspect, Alberto Colon, 41, was in custody Saturday and wasn't available for comment. Heroin was found in the apartment, the police department said, but charges hadn't been formalized. Colon's father wasn't alleged to have done anything wrong or to have had any knowledge of his son's crimes, police said.

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