Retired NYPD cop Thomas Marrinan, 57, was accidentally shot dead by a friend outside a Brooklyn pizzeria on Monday night
A retired NYPD cop was accidentally shot dead by a friend as the pair tried to stop a 33-year-old who was harassing an 86-year-old in a Brooklyn street on Monday night.
Thomas Marrinan, 57, was killed in the fight that broke out when he and pal Robert Velasquez confronted the 33-year-old in a pizzeria in Kensington around 7pm.
The brawl spilled out onto Church Avenue and East 3rd Street, where Velsquez, 53, pulled out his gun and fired a single shot, police said.
The bullet hit the 33-year-old man, identified in local media as Michael Soto, in the right arm, and hit Marrinan in the chest.
Marrinan was rushed to Maimonides Medical Centre by EMS, where he was pronounced dead.
Retired NYPD cop Thomas Marrinan, 57, was killed in the fight that broke out when he and pal Robert Velasquez confronted the 33-year-old in a pizzeria in Kensington around 7pm
Thomas Marrinan, 57, was rushed to hospital after being shot in the chest on Monday night
He was killed in the fight that broke out when he and pal Robert Velasquez confronted the 33-year-old in a pizzeria in Kensington around 7pm
The brawl spilled out onto Church Avenue and East 3rd Street, where Robert Velsquez, 53, pulled out his gun and fired a single shot, police said
Soto was in a stable condition and taken into custody after the incident. He has not been charged. Police said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Footage of the aftermath shows Marrinan being loaded into a waiting ambulance as his distraught wife looks on.
Cops are then seen arresting a shirtless man with a bloodied arm, believed to be Soto.
Witness Denzel Smith said he saw two men, one of whom identified himself as a retired police officer, arguing on the Kensington street on Monday as he was waiting for a bus nearby.
He said a young man was cursing at an older gentleman who was sitting on a bench before the retired cops got involved.
Smith added: ‘They were arguing with the younger guy in the street,
‘The guy said, “I’m going to get you. I’m going to shoot you.” The other guy said, “I’m a retired cop.”‘
Witnesses said Thomas Marrinan was seen arguing with a man outside the pizzeria around 7pm on Monday night, before his friend fired the fatal shot
Police rushed to the scene and took Marrinan to Maimonides Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead
Police cordoned off the corner where the incident took place in order to carry out an investigation
Another witness Regina Uddin said police were giving Marrinan treatment and shouting ‘”Wake up! Wake up!” But he wasn’t responding.’
‘The other guy was sitting there handcuffed. [Soto] was shot in the arm, and the cops dragged him to an ambulance.’
She added the retired officer was ‘a sweetheart’ and said he was ‘the sweetest guy I’ve ever known’.
Marrinan had retired from his post at Transit District 30 in 2013 after 23 years of service.
Friend Alan Dubrow said: ‘He was known as Tommy Donuts, because everywhere he went, he brought donuts.
‘I’m really upset. Tommy is just a swell guy. It’s a real tragedy… he was always looking out for the neighborhood.’
The 33-year-old man involved in the incident was arrested at the scene but has not been charged, police said
Police said one shot was fired by Robert Velasquez. It hit Michael Soto, 33, in in the right arm and his pal Thomas Marrinan in the chest
Witnesses said police and emergency services attempted to revive Thomas Marrinan at the scene of the shooting but were unable to
Police said an investigation into the bizarre incident is ongoing
Thomas Marrinan was a retired transit officer. He left the force in 2013 after 23 years of service
Police cordoned off the site of the incident on Monday night as tributes for a retired police officer who was killed flooded in
The area was closed to traffic into the evening as police started an investigation into the incident