New York 1 News

December 19, 2002

Criminal Charges Dismissed, Union Sues Alleged Cop Shooter

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association plans to file a $5 million civil lawsuit against a Queens man who allegedly shot a police officer but will never stand trial.

William Hodges, 32, allegedly shot Officer David Gonzalez during a struggle over the officer’s gun in November 1999.

Hodges walked free on December 6, after Judge Laura Blackburne dismissed attempted murder charges against him, ruling prosecutors missed the deadline for bringing him to trial.

"Obviously we did not get that justice in a criminal court,” said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch. “We had a judge who put her prejudice for police officers before what's right and what's wrong. We're hoping, because we have a good working relationship with 99 percent of the judges out there who do their job and do it well, we're hoping we get that justice in the civil court."

“I just can't believe that he shot me and is still walking the streets, and I just want to be able to tell my side of the story for once," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez's attorney says the suit will cite two causes for damages: that Hodges intentionally shot Gonzalez and that his actions caused Gonzalez permanent injuries.

The PBA will file the suit sometime within the next several weeks in Queens Supreme Court.