Friday, May 29, 2009

NYPD police officer killed by cop

NYPD police officer killed by cop
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Authorities: Omar Edwards, chasing a suspect, was fatally shot by another officer

Edwards witnessed suspect trying to break into his car

Another saw his pursuit, jumped out of unmarked vehicle and fired six shots

Both officers wearing street clothes; Edwards didn't fire weapon
By Cheryl Robinson

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A police officer was shot to death by another officer as he was chasing a man he saw breaking into his car in New York's East Harlem neighborhood, authorities said.

New York Police Department Officer Omar Edwards, 25, was shot twice about 10:30 p.m. Thursday just blocks from the precinct where he had finished his shift. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Harlem Hospital.

Edwards, in plainclothes, had just left the Housing Bureau Station House on East 124th St., said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. As Edwards approached his car, he saw a man rummaging through it.

"We believe that at this point, Officer Edwards, with his gun drawn, chased the individual north to 125th Street and east toward First Avenue," Kelly said at a news conference in New York early Friday at Harlem Hospital.
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