Off-duty NYC correction officer killed in Queens; police search for motorcyclist

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL, Queens — An off-duty New York City correction officer was shot and killed following an interaction with a motorcyclist in Queens early Friday, law enforcement sources said.

NYC correction officer Jonathan Narain, 27, was shot and killed while he was on his way to work Sept. 14, 2018. (Courtesy of Narain's family)

At about 1:50 a.m. 27-year-old Jonathan Narain was shot in the head inside his car while he was at the traffic light in the corner of 103rd Avenue and 120th Street in South Richmond Hill, according to police.

Investigation revealed Narain, who was employed at Rikers Island for about two years, was on his way to work when he stopped at a local store for food.

Following the stop, he had two encounters with an unknown man on a motorcycle, authorities said.

During the second encounter, the motorcyclist pulled up to Narain's vehicle and shot him once in the head, according to police.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, said police.

No weapon was recovered, police said.

The Department of Correction said they are communicating with police.

“The entire Department of Correction is grieving this morning upon learning of the tragic shooting death of an off duty Correction Officer. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to the officer’s family, friends, and colleagues throughout the department. We are in close communication with the NYPD,” Commissioner Cynthia Brann said.

The NYPD Technical Assistance Response Unit has responded in an effort to recover video surveillance from the area, and high-ranking NYPD officials are on scene with detectives.

Several streets around the scene are closed off to traffic.

The gunman was seen speeding away down 103rd Avenue shortly after the shooting, an eyewitness told PIX11.

No arrests have been made. Police are looking for the motorcyclist described as an adult male last seen wearing all black and a helmet.

The Correction Officers' Benevolent Association is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Tips can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.

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