Retired corrections officers shoots man following scuffle on subway

March 12th, 2015 by Staff

The incident occurred Tuesday night at approximately 6:30.


(NY Daily News) BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Bloody pandemonium erupted in the Borough Hall subway station in Brooklyn Tuesday night when a retired correction officer shot and killed an apparently unarmed man who had confronted him on a No. 4 train moments earlier, police said.

The man who was slain, Gilbert Drogheo, 32, and another man began harassing the 69-year-old retired officer as he boarded a Brooklyn-bound 4 train at the Bowling Green station in Manhattan around 6:30 pm., according to police sources and a witness.

“They were talking mad trash,” said the witness, 30-year-old Thomas Berry of Crown Heights, who was on his way home from work when he saw the argument. “They must have been drunk.”

The witness said that either Drogheo or his friend told the older man: “Oh, I got you now, my n—–,” as the retired officer tried to walk between the pair to get on the train.

All three men were black, police said, but Berry said one appeared to be Hispanic.

“(The older man) said, ‘I’m not your n—–, I’m not your boy,’” the witness said. “He said, ‘Leave me alone, don’t talk to me.’ He was being really calm.”

But the dispute heated up as the train left the station and traveled through the tunnel under the East River, then turned violent when one member of the duo punched the retired correction officer in the head as he tried to get off at Borough Hall, Berry and police said.

“He just clocked the guy,” the witness said. “The older man was taken back. I saw him pull the gun out of the pocket.”

The retired officer held the gun to the puncher’s side, but the younger man pushed him away, knocking him onto one of the subway car’s seats.

“Everyone said ‘gun’ and ran off the train. I was standing there in shock. I didn’t know what happened,” Berry said.
The former correction officer followed the two younger men as they got off the train, first popping a clip into the gun, the witness said.

He cornered Drogheo at the end of the platform and the two wrestled before the younger man was able to escape, Berry said.

The witness said the gunman followed Drogheo up the stairs to the mezzanine level. It was not clear if he had his gun drawn as he went upstairs. A video obtained by Channel 2 shows the retired correction officer punching Drogheo. Then the scuffle resumed, and the retiree shot the younger man once in the torso during the struggle, according to police and MTA sources.

“Everyone said ‘gun’ and ran off the train. I was standing there in shock. I didn’t know what happened,” Berry said.

The former correction officer followed the two younger men as they got off the train, first popping a clip into the gun, the witness said.

He cornered Drogheo at the end of the platform and the two wrestled before the younger man was able to escape, Berry said.

The witness said the gunman followed Drogheo up the stairs to the mezzanine level. It was not clear if he had his gun drawn as he went upstairs. A video obtained by Channel 2 shows the retired correction officer punching Drogheo. Then the scuffle resumed, and the retiree shot the younger man once in the torso during the struggle, according to police and MTA sources.

His friend was arrested at the scene, the sources said. His name was not released.

“He was on his back, and he was shot, just below the heart,” said a witness who works in the area and declined to give his name.

“He was yelling, ‘I didn’t do s—, you’ve got it all wrong, you guys are f—–d up,’” the witness said.

The shooter was being questioned but was not immediately charged. His name also was not released.

“He appears to be a licensed gun-holder, so unless its determined that it was a bad shooting, he shouldn’t be charged,” a high-ranking police source said.


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