Off-duty NYPD cop tackles alleged shooter at Queens deli


An off-duty NYPD cop tackled an alleged shooter outside a Queens deli on Monday night — holding the man until on-duty police arrived, according to sources.

The officer, who was inside a deli at 137-02 Cross Bay Boulevard in Jamaica, sprung to action when a 63-year-old man allegedly shot a customer there at about 6:15 p.m., police sources said.

The suspect, who is believed to be homeless, was initially causing a commotion inside the deli before being escorted out, sources said.

He returned shortly after and fired a gun into the store, striking a 26-year-old patron, sources said.

The officer, who has two years on the force, ran outside and tackled the alleged shooter, wrestling the gun away from him, according to sources.

The suspect was taken into custody and police recovered a Colt .45 handgun at the scene, sources said.

The 26-year-old victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

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