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Report: Gun Used to Shoot Cop on LES Was Recovered

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The scene outside the Seward Park Extension following the shooting of a police officer last summer.

There are reports today that the gun used to shoot a police officer at the Seward Park Extension housing complex last July has been recovered.  Sources told the Daily News that the NYPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration found the .22 caliber handgun during a drug-related investigation in September.  Indictments are reportedly expected later today.

Officer Brian Groves was shot while on patrol in the public housing development on Essex Street July 5.  His life was saved by a bullet proof vest. In spite of a large cash reward, police have had no luck tracking down the suspected shooter. More from the News:

The .22-caliber handgun was recovered in September during an undercover purchase made while the NYPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration probed a drug crew, the law enforcement source said. Authorities are expected to announce on Thursday the indictment of 13 members of that crew.

The topic of gun crime has obviously moved to the top of the national agenda following the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.  Last fall, the New York City DA, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the NYPD sponsored a gun buy-back program on the Lower East Side. Fifty guns were turned in, including 14 semi-automatic weapons.

State law makers could return to Albany as early as today to vote on a series of tough new gun control measure proposed by Governor Cuomo.


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