NYPD Officer Brian Moore dies of gunshot wound to the head


Monday night at a news conference at NYPD headquarters, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said investigators recovered a Taurus model 85 revolver in a backyard not far from where the shooting took place in Queens Village. The handgun was found underneath a box near a barbecue grill, Boyce said.

Investigators have traced the weapon to a Georgia bait and tackle shop, where it was among 23 firearms stolen on Oct. 3, 2011, Boyce said…

The officer was working plainclothes on an anti-crime initiative Saturday night at the time of the shooting, police said. He was driving an unmarked car with his partner, Erik Jansen, 30, when they encountered Blackwell at about 6:15 p.m. near the intersection of 212th Street and 104th Road in Queens Village, authorities said.

Moore and Jansen saw Blackwell tugging at his waist and sensing he had a gun, asked him: “What are you carrying?”

Blackwell, authorities said, immediately fired three shots. The recovered gun had three spent rounds and two live rounds in the chamber, Boyce said…

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