Homeless Man Charged With Murder After Shooting of Queens Grocery Clerk
A homeless man is facing murder charges after being apprehended by an off-duty police officer for killing a convenience store clerk in Queens, New York.
Deadly shooting: The incident occurred at the Craft Beer Lotto Cigar Shop in Cross Bay Blvd., Ozone Park at 6:15 p.m. on Monday night, according to amNY.
According to a police report, the suspect, Steven Cohen, 63, walked into the store armed with a handgun and allegedly opened fire at two store clerks, according to the NY Daily News.
Mohmediyan Tarwala, 26, was shot in the stomach, while Henil Perakh, 32, was unharmed.
Witnesses in the area claimed Cohen was “mentally deranged” and lived in a van parked near the store for months.
They also claimed that the attack came after Cohen had a verbal dispute with Tarwala earlier.
Tarwala was rushed to Jamaica Hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Arrest and charges: Officer Jason Maharaj, an off-duty Indian American NYPD Officer of Caribbean descent, tackled Cohen and disarmed him, News India Times reported.
Nothing short of Heroic.
The moment after a man shot & killed a deli worker, off-duty NYPD Officer Maharaj, with out regard for his own safety, tackled the shooter, disarmed him & held him for responding cops. pic.twitter.com/PQBmg4bKiB
Maharaj pinned the alleged shooter until police from the 106th Precinct arrived at the scene.
The NYPD and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea applauded Maharaj for his bravery.
Off-duty but always vigilant.
This evening, off-duty Police Officer Maharaj from the @NYPD77Pct was in a deli in Queens when a suspect started shooting at another customer. The officer quickly sprang into action, tackled the suspect & held him until uniform officers arrived. pic.twitter.com/VKv4JpjUYr
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