Six Years Later, No Arrest in the Shooting of a Cop on the Lower East Side

Seward Park Extension, July 5, 2012.

Seward Park Extension, July 5, 2012.

It has been six years since a police officer nearly lost his life in a shooting at the Seward Park Extension public housing complex on the Lower East Side. As The Daily News reported yesterday, cops are no closer to finding the shooter.

Brian Groves and his partner were patrolling the high rise at 64 Essex St. July 5, 2012. The 30-year-old officer was shot in the chest by a suspect who fled down a stairwell. A bullet proof vest saved Groves’ life. He retired to Florida and received a full disability pension from the NYPD.

More from The Daily News:

After the shooting, cops questioned people coming and going from the building. A police presence remained outside for weeks afterward and authorities went after the local drug crews, a source familiar with Chinatown and Lower East Side gangs told the Daily News. The .22-caliber handgun used to shoot Groves was bought by cops and the Drug Enforcement Administration in an undercover buy the following September. That was the result of a months-long narcotics crackdown that led to the indictment of 13 people.

Sketch of the suspect.

Sketch of the suspect.

The News quizzed Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill during a news conference yesterday on the latest crime stats. Here’s the transcript of that exchange:

Question: Officer Brian Groves, it’s been six years now, he’s one of the few officers who were shot in the line of duty and this case hasn’t been solved yet, we did a story about it today, and we still keep hearing from, you know, DCPI that the investigation is ongoing, no arrests. It seems very odd because these cases tend to be solved very quickly. Do you have any information about that? Why his investigation hasn’t been solved?

Commissioner O’Neill: No, I’m going to have to get back to you, I haven’t been updated – I haven’t been briefed on that case recently, so I’m going to get back to you.

Question: Okay, Officer Brian Groves was killed in –

Commissioner O’Neill: Yeah I know, I got it, I got it.

Mayor: Yeah.

Commissioner O’Neill: Yeah I got it. Yup.

Mayor: Ok now, oh thank you, we’re going to go to other topics

A group called “Cop Shot” has offered a $10,000 reward for info about the shooter. Anyone with a lead can call (1-800) COP-SHOT.

New Reward For Info Leading to Arrest in Cop Shooting

NYPD sketch.

Police are still looking for a 20-year old man wanted in the shooting of a New York City Police officer last week inside the Seward Park Extension housing complex.  The NYPD is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, who fled after the early morning incident last Thursday.

The reward money is on top of the $10,000 previously offered by the “Cop Shot” program and the $2,000 Crimestoppers routinely pays for information leading to an arrest.   The suspect, depicted in the police sketch posted above, has a skinny build. He was wearing a long black t-shirt, long red basketball shorts with a cream-colored stripe. His hair is styled in corn rows with beads in them.

If you have information about this crime, call  Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Officer Brian Groves went home from the hospital on Friday.  A bullet proof vest saved his life.


Suspect in Cop Shooting Still at Large

NYPD sketch.

Here’s the latest this morning on the shooting of Police Officer Brian Groves at the Seward Park Extension housing complex.  Following yesterday’s incident, the NYPD is still searching for the suspect, who fled down a stairwell at 64 Essex Street early yesterday morning after shooting Groves in the chest.  Groves, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, will likely be released from the hospital today.

Cops released a sketch of the suspect yesterday afternoon. The man they’re looking for is in his early 20’s with a skinny build. He was wearing a long black t-shirt, long red basketball shorts with a cream-colored stripe. The suspect’s hair is styled in corn rows with beads in them.  He was carrying a silver, long-barrel revolver.

Police Officer Identified, Seward Park Extension Residents Questioned

The police officer who was shot early this morning at the Seward Park Extension has been identified as 30-year old Brian Groves. He and his partner were responding to a report of “criminal activity in a stairwell,”  according to a report on Channel 2.  A short time ago, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, Groves spotted a man with a gun as soon as they opened the door to the stairwell, on the 22nd floor of 64 Essex Street.

More on This Morning’s Police Shooting at 64 Essex Street

Essex Street at Delancey.

More details now on the shooting of a police officer earlier this morning inside the Seward Park Extension at 64 Essex Street.  According to the Daily News, the officer’s life was saved by his bullet proof vest. He is resting at Bellevue Hospital at this hour in stable condition after the incident, which occurred around 3:50 a.m.

There’s an enormous police presence around the public housing complex this morning. Essex between Delancey and Grand is blocked off. Sections of Norfolk and Broome are also closed. Police are searching for a 20-year old black man wearing red shorts. The shooting happened on the 20th floor of the building.