Demetrius Blackwell was charged Saturday for allegedly shooting New York Police Department officer Brian Moore in the face.
Moore was shot through the cheek while sitting in his car with his partner when they were driving through Queens Village early Saturday evening and saw Blackwell “adjusting his waistband” as if he had a firearm. His partner, who was not hit, immediately called for assistance.
According to reports, the officers drove up behind Blackwell and attempted to question him, but he pulled out a gun and fired at least two rounds at them.
“He immediately opened fire on them before they had time to get out of the vehicle,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters at a press conference.
The suspect was found the police wanted 90 minutes later at a neighbor’s house, who claimed he was unaware Blackwell was wanted by law enforcement.
“The way he was acting I didn’t think he would do anything like that,” the neighbor told the Daily News. “I’m mad upset. If I knew, he wouldn’t be in my house.”
Blackwell is the cousin of former Giants cornerback Kory Blackwell and has a long rap sheet of nine prior arrests, including two separates incidents when he assaulted law enforcement.