And they think it may be justified? Yay, for the blue wall.
Sean Sawyer, 34, a New York City police officer who worked undercover, turned himself in on Monday, about 19 hours after he was involved in a deadly road-rage encounter in East Harlem on Sunday in which a man, Jayson Tirado, 25, was killed. As Al Baker explains in a front-page article, the two motorists began their dispute on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and continued it after exiting in East Harlem, chasing each other for several blocks.
One of the passengers in the victim’s car told investigators that Mr. Tirado raised his hand, pointed a finger at the officer and said something about “Mr. Ruger,” apparently referring to a make of semiautomatic handgun.
At that point, the officer is believed to have opened fire with his 9-millimeter mini-Glock handgun, the police said. Up to three shots were fired. Mr. Tirado’s two passengers, Jason Batista, 21, and Anthony Mencia, 23, said in interviews that the other driver did not identify himself as an officer before opening fire. Officer Sawyer worked undercover. He joined the Police Department in 2004 and had been working in the narcotics division in Queens.
It is unclear whether Officer Sawyer will face charges. The Daily News, citing unnamed sources, reports that the Manhattan district attorney’s office will present the case to a grand jury but that officials in the office believed the shooting was justified.
But questions remain as to why Officer Sawyer fled the scene without calling the authorities, as The New York Post notes. And if the back-and-forth car chase had never occurred, the deadly encounter might never have happened.