NYC Dad Arrested ‘After He Snatched His Dying Son’s Gun And Started Shooting At Police’

NYC Dad Arrested ‘After He snatched His Dying Son’s Gun From His Hand When He Was Deadly Shot During A Collision With Police – Then Continued To Shoot At Police’

  • Raphael Rosado, 45, has been arrested and charges are still pending
  • He grabbed his son Michael’s gun after officers fatally shot the 24-year-old
  • The father and son were engaged in a firefight with people across the street
  • Off-duty officers had stopped to end the fight when the son fired at them, causing a back and forth that ended with the son being fatally shot in the torso
  • The incident took place in the Bronx, a block from the NYPD’s 46th district
  • The father is said to have about 60 priors on his record


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A Bronx man has been arrested for allegedly firing at officers with a gun he took from his son shortly after he was killed in a clash with police on Sunday morning.

The charges against the father, 45-year-old Raphael Rosado, who was arrested shortly after the incident, are still pending.

He and his son Michael, 24, got into an argument with a group of people at 4:15 a.m. in front of 2080 Valentine Avenue, a block from the New York Police Department’s 46th district, police say.

Michael “waved a firearm and fired several times” at the other group, patrol chief Junita Holmes said at a news conference Sunday morning.

“It was more than ten shots that I heard,” an anonymous resident told the… New York Daily News. “When I got to the window, they were still banging, ‘Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop,’ then it stopped, ‘Bop, bop, bop.'”

The incident occurred off 2080 Valentine Avenue in the Bronx at 4:15 a.m. Sunday

The incident occurred off 2080 Valentine Avenue in the Bronx at 4:15 a.m. Sunday

Patrol chief Junita Holmes, center, said 24-year-old son later died of his injuries

Patrol chief Junita Holmes, center, said 24-year-old son later died of his injuries

Patrol chief Junita Holmes, center, said 24-year-old son later died of his injuries

Two plainclothes officers who had finished their shift at the nearby police station and were on their way home saw the commotion and rushed into action.

They identified themselves and told Michael to drop his gun, according to the Daily News, but he also fired at them.

He was then shot in the torso and would later die of his injuries at St. Barnabas Hospital after officers responded to the scene, police said.

While his son was dying in the street, Raphael grabbed the gun and started firing at the officers, police said.

Neither the officers nor Raphael appear to have been injured.

The party they initially argued with fled the scene.

Surveillance video shows Raphael circling the block and sliding between cars before returning to the crime scene. He passed the gun to a nearby woman and tried to get away, but he was eventually arrested.

Video of the scene shows a maroon Honda Odyssey that appeared to have been hit by gunfire, with three shell casings next to the vehicle, according to the New York Post.

Raphael has about 60 previous arrests on his record, ranging on charges of drug possession, assault and possession of weapons, a source told the Daily News. The son, on the other hand, had only been arrested a handful of times for minor offenses such as heavy driving without a license.

‘That makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m really surprised, it’s like it’s not safe,” 37-year-old Joe Dumessi, 37, who moved to the neighborhood about a week ago, told the newspaper.

“Maybe one day I’ll get up and go buy something at night and something like this could happen.”

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