Saturday, May 5, 2012

St. James Park Shooting - Off-Duty Cop Shoots 19-Year-Old After Being Fired Upon

An off-duty cop shot 19-year-old Javon Julien, who fired at him with a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol (above) yesterday evening after off-duty officers observed him shooting into St. James Park police said. Julien has been charged attempted aggravated murder of a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted assault on a police officer.

This wasn't the first time the park has seen gun fire. On August 29, 2010, 20-year-old Jelani Ciria was shot multiple times, and another teenage boy wounded, in what was decribed as a gang related hit.


An off-duty police officer shot a 19-year-old man who had fired into a Bronx park and then shot at the officer and another officer as they pursued him, the police said Saturday, according to the New York Times.

The two officers had just gotten off duty and were on their way home when, about 8 p.m. Friday, they spotted Javon Julien at East 191 Street and Creston Avenue in the Fordham neighborhood, the police said. Mr. Julien, who lives on 116th Avenue in Queens, was firing a pistol into St. James Park in the Bronx.

When the officers confronted Mr. Julien, he ran. As the officers were chasing him, he turned and fired his .25-caliber semiautomatic at them. One of the officers returned fire, hitting Mr. Julien in the torso several times, according to a police spokesman.

Mr. Julien was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, and was listed in stable condition. He was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted assault on a police officer and possession of a weapon.

The police said that it was not known why Mr. Julien was firing into the park, and that no one in the park was hurt.

The gun was recovered from the scene. The names of the officers were not released.

Read More:

New York Times - May 5, 2012 - By Elizabeth A. Harris

New York Post - May 5, 2012 - By Daniel Prendergast and Jessica Simeone

DNAinfo - May 5, 2012 - By William Gorta

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