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Bat-Wielding Subway Rider Threatens Armed Retired NYPD Officer. It Does Not Go Well For Him

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A retired NYPD officer pulled his revolver to subdue a bat-wielding homeless man threatening passengers on a city subway Wednesday.

The incident occurred on the G train in Brooklyn around 7 a.m. when a man wielding a bat threatened David Morales, a retired 28-year NYPD detective who happened to be carrying his revolver, the New York Post reported.

“You’re gonna hit me with a fucking bat?” Morales said as he brandished his snub-nose revolver. “Stay where you’re at. Stay where you’re at.”

Another subway passenger captured the exchange on a cell phone video. The detective holds his gun by his side while talking to the unruly passenger, who repeatedly yells, “You’re threatening me!”

At the end of the video, the officer informs the man he is under arrest. NYPD Transit posted a tweet supporting Morales’s actions.

Police identified the suspect as Brian Baska, a homeless man.

The detective said he is required to carry his firearm as part of the job he now holds with another city agency, according to an interview with CBS2.

Morales said he reverted to his training, and was glad he was there to help with the situation.

“What you don’t see in the video is that he had put the bat behind his back getting ready for a swing. When I took out my revolver, that’s when he decided not to swing,” Morales said.

“He was looking to commit a crime. If it wasn’t me, it would have been someone else,” he added. (RELATED: Man Who Planned To Blow Up New York City Subway Stations Could Be Released Soon)

“This retired NYPD member of the service should be commended for his restraint and his tactics in this incident,” NYPD spokesman Phil Walzak told the New York Post. “He can be seen alerting people outside the train car to move away for their safety, and directing riders on the subway to move away from the perpetrator. He is constantly checking his surroundings while still focusing on the perpetrator, and keeping his weapon pointed downward.”

Police charged Baska with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

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