NEW YORK CITY, NY – A 20-year-old former college football star was shot on July 27th inside of a deli in Queens. Police say that the shooting, which left the young man critically wounded, came about because the victim accidentally bumped into the gunman.
The victim in this case was identified as Malachi Capers. Rodney Harrison, who serves as the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, shared news of the incident on Twitter on July 28th and made note of the security footage obtained that brought more insight into the investigation:
“Yesterday afternoon, police officers responded to 136 Deli & Grill on Springfield Blvd in Queens for a male shot. As you can see in the video, the perpetrator, identified as Jeffrey Thurston, starts a verbal argument after the victim attempts to walk past him.”
Yesterday afternoon, police officers responded to 136 Deli & Grill on Springfield Blvd in Queens for a male shot.
As you can see in the video, the perpetrator, identified as Jeffrey Thurston, starts a verbal argument after the victim attempts to walk past him. pic.twitter.com/qNJ4nHy3aN
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) July 28, 2020
The video demonstrates of a situation that should have never escalated to the manner that it did. Chief Harrison’s online statement continued, noting just how quickly this turned into a shooting incident:
“The argument then escalated into a physical confrontation when Thurston punches the victim in the face. Thurston then produces a pistol and shoots the victim once in the abdomen. At this time, the victim is in critical condition.”
The victim is a student at SUNY Buffalo and is a star athlete on the football team.
Anyone with information pertaining to Jeffrey Thurston’s location is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or DM @NYPDTips
All calls are strictly confidential
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) July 28, 2020
While police have identified who the suspect is, they’re asking for assistance in locating his current whereabouts according to Chief Harrison:
“Anyone with information pertaining to Jeffrey Thurston’s location is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or DM @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential”
The victim, who has been a defensive end for SUNY Buffalo’s football team since 2018, is believed to not have personally known the shooter prior to the confrontation.
As for his current status, Capers was transported over to Jamaica Hospital and is still listed as being in critical condition. However, the victim is expected to survive.
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In West Virginia, body cam footage from a disturbance call that went south quick was recently released by the Charleston Police Department, which showcased a female police officer getting violently assaulted by a male suspect on July 22nd.
When the footage was released, Deputy Chief Scott Dempsey felt it was important to demonstrate to the public what police officers “go through on a day-to-day basis”.
— Eyewitness News (@wchs8fox11) July 27, 2020
Police received a 911 call during the early morning of July 22nd about a man, later identified as 31-year-old Anthony Gamble, throwing rocks at a Greyhound bus parked at the station on Reynolds Street. Patrol Officer McCoy, who had been with the CPD for a few months, was first to arrive on the scene and confront Gamble.
Officer McCoy simply ordered Gamble to remove himself from the area upon arrival:
“Hey, why are you throwing stuff at (the bus)? You need to go somewhere; you need to go somewhere.”
Gamble, as seen on the video, didn’t take kindly to being asked to leave – and opted to threaten to strike Officer McCoy with the very rocks he was using to throw at the Greyhound bus:
“You want me to (slap) you with a rock?”
A physical altercation ensued, and Gamble can be seen mounting the officer after she was taken to the ground – striking her several times in the process. During this, you can hear Officer McCoy screaming for assistance.
Backup arrived, luckily in under two minutes reportedly, due to the police station being nearby and shift change about to transpire. Officers that arrived were able to subdue Gamble, and despite the assault on Officer McCoy, no one was seriously harmed in the altercation.
Deputy Chief Dempsey spoke about the video footage released from the July 22nd incident:
“I think it’s important to see what our officers go through on a day-to-day basis, this situation is a little more aggressive than what we encounter. Even not in today’s world, anytime in a Police officer’s world you have to deal with people like this unfortunately.”
The deputy chief described the response by officers when alerted about the situation as being tended to “flawlessly”:
“The Chief and I, as well as the Mayor’s office, are very proud of our officers in the way they handled the situation, they showed great restraint when it comes to these types of situations and I thought they handled the situation flawlessly.”
As for Gamble, he was booked into the South Central Regional Jail under charges of attempting to disarm an officer, malicious assault of a police officer and obstructing an officer.
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