Kind of ironic when I trash Jamaica, there will be people who are adamant how places like Laurelton and Springfield Gardens are the exception to the rule………………….OH REALLY!
Maybe the US Marshalls should not have opened fire and instead used harsh words. And this is why being a law enforcement officer is far from an easy job. Maybe Al Sharpton would like to say a few words.
From The Daily News:
Drug smuggler opens fire on U.S. marshals during Queens raid: cops
Authorities broke down the door to the 175th St. apartment in Springfield Gardens late Tuesday and were greeted by a hail of fire from an automatic weapon.
WILD SHOOTOUT IN QUEENS: Wanted drug smuggler opens fire on U.S. marshals after authorities break down door with battering ram — ‘He knew we were here’
U.S. marshals using a battering ram to enter a Queens apartment late Tuesday were greeted by bullets from the drug smuggler on the other side of the door, authorities said.
Seven U.S. marshals broke down the door to a rear apartment on 175th St. near 144th Dr. in Springfield Gardens around 11 p.m., said witnesses and authorities.
“He was prepared, he knew we were here,” a police source said.
The marshals returned fire from the door, a police source said. The trapped man, who was wanted for cocaine smuggling and a Brooklyn assault, then went into the backyard, where he fired at NYPD detectives stationed there as backup, a police source said.
The surrounded man finally returned to the apartment and abandoned his automatic pistol after he was shot in the left hand, a police source said.
“They broke in the door with a battering ram, two seconds later one of the (marshals) said ‘he has a gun,’” witness Samantha Johnson, 25, said. “Then pop, pop, pop, he shot first and then they shot back — around 15 shots.
“They were saying come the f— out or we’re going to shoot you,” Johnson said.
The gunman tossed his weapon out the front door of the apartment and then walked out of the door with his hands up, wearing a bullet-proof vest and bleeding from his left arm, witnesses said.
Waiting authorities tackled him and cuffed him, a police source said. The man’s identity was not immediately released.
“They’ve been looking for him for a long time,” a cop source said.
Witness David Young said the man was a wreck as he lay in custody.
“When he was on the ground crying, the marshals were saying ‘man up,’” Young said.
Maryce Simpson, 42, who lives across the street from where the fugitive was arrested, said the shootout terrified her family.
“We were scared for our lives!” Simpson said. “We were just trying to keep the kids’ heads down.”
“You could smell the gunpowder in the air,” said Michelle Riches, 26, who heard the firefight from her nearby home.
Riches said the police response was incredible.
“In like 30 seconds, the whole block was full of cops.”
No marshals or cops were injured, authorities said.