Updated: 11:39 am, Tue May 5, 2015

Officer Dies of Wounds; Charge Career Criminal

Suspected He Had Gun

By Mark Toor

A 25-year-old NYPD officer died May 4, two days after he was shot by a man he and his partner stopped after seeing him fiddle with his waistband, a possible indication that he had a gun, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced.

PBA: Lost a Brave Cop

Brian Moore, who joined the Police Department in 2010, had been in a coma following the shooting. He died surrounded by family members, including a father, uncle and cousin who were police officers.

“New York City has lost another brave police officer who placed his life between crime and the good people of the city,” said Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Officer Moore was patrolling the Queens Village section of Queens in plainclothes with his partner May 2 when they spotted Demetrius Blackwell adjusting his waistband, authorities said.

Question Drew Fire

The Daily News quoted sources as saying that after the officers pulled up next to Mr. Blackwell, Officer Moore identified himself and asked, “Do you have something in your waistband?”

Mr. Blackwell responded: “Yeah, I got something,” pulled his gun and fired two to three shots, hitting the officer once in the face, the News said.

The suspect, who had an extensive rap sheet, was arrested at his home 90 minutes after the shooting.

Officer Moore was the third police officer killed since December, when Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ambushed and shot to death in their car by a mentally-ill ex-con who said he was avenging the death of Eric Garner and other black men who succumbed in encounters with police. The shooter then killed himself.