New York Daily News

December 11, 2010


NYPD outraged as cop-shoot suspect Elijah Foster-Bey, 17, is freed from custody


  Elijah Foster-Bey is accused of shooting an officer four times, police say.

The teenage gunman accused of shooting a Brooklyn cop in October is back on the street — and police are outraged he's free.

Elijah Foster-Bey, 17, was released from custody at Kings County Hospital on Thanksgiving, a day after he posted his $100,000 bail, officials said Friday.

The gun-toting teenager is accused of shooting Police Officer Richard Ramirez, 29, four times in the stairwell of an East New York building after he ran from a plainclothes unit trying to stop him on his bike.

He was charged with attempted murder of a cop and criminal use of a weapon. Foster-Bey was wounded in the shootout.

"The bail should be rescinded in this case," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. "Foster-Bey shot and almost killed Officer Ramirez after fleeing from police. He's at liberty while Officer Ramirez is a captive of his debilitating wounds."

Ramirez is still in rehab for his injuries.

"Every police officer in New York City is outraged by Brooklyn Judge Gustin Reichbach's complete disregard for the life-threatening dangers police face every day," said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, who also demanded bail be revoked.