Off-duty sergeant who shot attempted robber in Brooklyn placed on modified duty

BROOKLYN — The off-duty police sergeant who shot a 21-year-old man in the mouth early Thursday morning in Brooklyn has been placed on modified duty, officials said.

The off-duty Sgt. told officials initially told investigators he was on his way to work shortly before 5 a.m. when he was approached by an attempted robber near the intersection of New Jersey Avenue and Livonia Avenue, police said. The Sgt. fired twice, hitting Thayvone Santana in the face.

His original version of events is being looked at by investigating officers, police sources said. Police said the sergeant was in the area visiting his girlfriend and does not live in the neighborhood.

Santana's family told PIX11 the shooting stemmed from a love triangle.

In a press briefing on Thursday, NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan said, "We think there may have been some dispute prior to this incident."

Santana was taken to the hospital and is now in stable condition, police said.

The Sgt., 40, was taken to a hospital where he is being treated for tinnitus, which is ringing in the ear police say was caused by the gunshot noise.

Surveillance video obtained by detectives shows Santana was “simulating a firearm” and told the sergeant “You’re gonna die tonight," police sources said. No weapons were found on Santana, police confirm.

The 18-year veteran cop is currently on probation after a domestic battery arrest two years ago.