A teen accused of opening fire on two cops near a Bronx polling place on Election Day has been indicted on attempted murder and 11 other crimes, prosecutors said.
Among the most serious charges Zachary Irizarry, 19, of Brooklyn, also faces are robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, burglary and several drug related offences. He was arraigned Wednesday, and was remanded and ordered back to court on Jan. 17.
NYPD Sgt. Michael Bletcher and Officer Juan Candelario were standing a half-block from Bronx Regional High School at about 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 when they saw a man run out of a building and shout “He’s got a gun,” prosecutors said.
Irizarry and his suspected accomplice, Jordan DeJesus, had allegedly just committed a robbery during a marijuana deal. Irizarry fired seven rounds at the officers, while the cops, who were in plainclothes but displayed badges, returned nine, prosecutors said.
“Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, despite the gunbattle taking place just a half block away from a high school where people were voting on Election Day,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said.
Irizarry fled to a private house down the block, where he was arrested. A gun was recovered behind a washing machine in the house, prosecutors said.
DeJesus, of the Bronx, was arraigned on robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted criminal possession of marijuana charges on Dec. 6. He was released on $25,000 bail.