Retired NYPD cop Thomas Marrinan, 57, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend outside a Brooklyn pizza parlor Monday night
A retired NYPD cop was accidentally shot and killed by a friend when the couple tried to stop a 33-year-old who was harassing an 86-year-old on a Brooklyn street Monday night.
Thomas Marrinan, 57, was killed in the fight that broke out when he and friend Robert Velasquez confronted the 33-year-old at a pizzeria in Kensington around 7 p.m.
The brawl culminated on Church Avenue and East 3rd Street, where Velsquez, 53, drew his gun and fired a single shot, police said.
The bullet struck 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 Center by EMS, where he was pronounced dead.
Retired NYPD officer Thomas Marrinan, 57, was killed in the fight that broke out when he and friend Robert Velasquez confronted the 33-year-old at a pizza parlor in Kensington around 7 p.m.
Thomas Marrinan, 57, was rushed to hospital after being shot in the chest Monday night
He was killed in the fight that broke out when he and friend Robert Velasquez confronted the 33-year-old at a pizzeria in Kensington around 7 p.m.
The brawl culminated in Church Avenue and East 3rd Street, where Robert Velsquez, 53, drew his pistol and fired a single shot, police said.
Soto was in stable condition and was taken into custody after the incident. He has not been charged. Police say an investigation into the incident is underway.
Footage from the aftermath shows Marrinan being loaded into a waiting ambulance while his distraught wife watches.
The police then watch them arrest a shirtless man with a bloodied arm, presumably Soto.
Witness Denzel Smith said he saw two men, one of whom identified himself as a retired police officer, arguing on Kensington Street on Monday while he waited for a bus nearby.
He said a young man swore at an elderly gentleman sitting on a bench before the retired police got involved.
Smith added: “They argued with the younger man in the street,
“The man said, ‘I’m going to get you. I’m going to shoot you.’ The other man said, “I’m a retired cop.”‘
Witnesses said Thomas Marrinan argued with a man outside the pizzeria around 7 p.m. Monday night before his friend fired the fatal shot.
Police rushed to the scene and took Marrinan to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead
Police have cordoned off the corner where the incident took place for investigation
Another witness, Regina Uddin, said police treated Marrinan and shouted, “Wake up! Wake up!” But he didn’t respond.’
“The other man was handcuffed there. [Soto] was shot in the arm and the police dragged him to an ambulance.’
She added that the retired officer was “a sweetheart” and said he was “the sweetest man I’ve ever known.”
Marrinan had retired from 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 took donuts with him.
‘I’m really upset. Tommy is just a great guy. It’s a real tragedy… he always took care of the neighborhood.”
The 33-year-old man involved in the incident was arrested at the scene but has not been charged, police said
Police say a shot was fired by Robert Velasquez. It hit Michael Soto, 33, in the right arm and his friend Thomas Marrinan in the chest
Witnesses said police and emergency services tried to resuscitate Thomas Marrinan at the scene of the shooting but were unsuccessful
Police say an investigation into the bizarre incident is ongoing
Thomas Marrinan was a retired transit officer. He left the police force in 2013 after 23 years of service
Police cordoned off the scene of the incident Monday night in tribute to a retired police officer who was flooded
The area was closed to traffic until late in the evening as the police launched an investigation into the incident