NYPD congratulated their own hero
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Jason Maharaj, an NYPD agent who was off duty as a customer at a food store in Queens (NYC), controlled an armed elderly man who had shot another person.
Maharaj, who has been with the NYPD for two years and is assigned to Precinct 77, disarmed the 63-year-old until reinforcements arrived.
The officer, who was inside a store at 137-02 Cross Bay Boulevard in Jamaica, sprang into action when the man allegedly shot a customer there around 6:15 p.m., authorities said.
The suspect, believed to be a homeless man, was initially causing a commotion inside the store before being escorted outside, the sources said.
He came back shortly after and fired a weapon against the store, injuring a 26-year-old customer. Maharaj was there, ran out and tackled the suspected shooter, snatching the gun from him.
The unidentified suspect was taken into custody and the police recovered a Colt .45 pistol in the place. The victim was transferred to the Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, reported New York Post.
“Out of service but always alert”, NYPD wrote on their official Twitter account to praise Maharaj’s actions.
Off-duty but always vigilant.
Tonight, off-duty Police Officer Maharaj from the @ NYPD77Pct was in a deli in Queens when a suspect started shooting at a customer. The officer quickly sprang into action, tackled the suspect, disarmed him & held him until uniform officers arrived. pic.twitter.com/GRMxZpmbZT
– NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 27, 2020