Mr. Kelly said the officers, from District 20 of the Transit Bureau, were working under a lieutenant’s supervision in the 21st Street-Queensbridge subway station on the F line in Long Island City, Queens, when Mr. Nunez arrived at about 5:15 p.m. and tried to swipe himself through a turnstile with a student MetroCard.
Student cards automatically set off a light near the turnstile, and the lieutenant saw the light and concluded that the user did not look like a student.
The officers got one handcuff on Mr. Nunez, but he started struggling fiercely, and all three men fell to the floor. One of the officers’ handguns came loose, and a witness said Mr. Nunez got to his feet with the gun and started firing.
Officer Maass, who joined the department in January 2006, was shot in the back, below his bullet-resistant vest, the police said. He had bullet fragments in his pelvic area. Officer Farina, who has been on the force for four years, was also shot toward the back and the side, but the bullet lodged just below his sternum, the police said. That bullet also did not hit his bullet-resistant vest.
2 Plainclothes Officers Shot in Queens Subway Station
The police said Mr. Nunez is a native of the Dominican Republic. Police records indicated that he was deported for a narcotics violation in 2001 and that he might have returned illegally, police officials said. They also said Mr. Nunez indicated after the shooting that when the officers confronted him, he was afraid that an arrest would mean he had to return to his native country.
Instead we get to keep him and feed, clothe and shelter him for life. Another crime in the borough brought to you courtesy of Mayor Bloomberg's sanctuary city policy. Four more years!