Man indicted on murder charges over cop shooting in Queens - Metro US

Man indicted on murder charges over cop shooting in Queens

A Queens grand jury has indicted the man accused of shootingNYPD Police Officer Brian Moore last month.

Demetrius Blackwellwas indicted on 12 charges, including aggravated and first degree murder. He faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the top charge.

Moore was on patrol with his partner, Officer Erik Jansen, on May 2 in plain clothes and an unmarked police cruiser in the area of 212 Street and 104 Avenuewhen they saw Blackwell adjust an item in his waistband, police said.

When Moore and Jansen rolled up behindBlackwell, he allegedly pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds into the car.

Moore, 25, was hit in the head several times. Blackwell fled the scene, and was taken into custody about 90 minutes later. A few days after the shooting, police recovered a Taurus revolver reported stolen out of Georgia in 2011.

Moore, 25, died from his injuries two daysafter the shooting at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Thousands attended his Long Island funeral on May 8, during whichPolice Commissioner Bill Brattonposthumously promoted the five-year veteran of the force to detective.

Blackwell, 35, previously served eight years in prison on attempted murder charges, the Daily News reported, and has past charges of criminal possession of a weapon and robbery.

Blackwell was also indicted on charges of Jansen’s attempted murder, and that the suspect should have known that Moore and Jansen were police officers. Blackwell is also accused of having marijuana and cocaine on him during the incident, and he was indicted on stolen property charges from allegedly stealing a t-shirt and a pair of sneakers from a bystander after the shooting.

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