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Off-duty NYPD cop shoots man at Long Island home: police

Posted at 4:56 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 17:50:50-04

SEAFORD, L.I. — Police are investigating a shooting on a quiet street in Seaford, Long Island between an off-duty NYPD sergeant and a man that was with his wife at their home.

"He tried to kill my client. It's attempted murder. I don't see anything clearer. He shot him right in the chest," attorney Jason Russo said Friday.

Russo represents the 29-year-old personal trainer who was shot.

According to police, the off-duty sergeant arrived home about midnight Friday and found the man with his wife. Sources said, the 29-year-old was inside the home.

"I don't know the extent of it at this point. So, I don't want to speak out of turn. I just don't know the extent of their relationship. It was some sort of relationship, whether that was a friendship or something else, I don't know at this time," Russo said.

Police said the man confronted the sergeant with a bat. But Russo said his client grabbed the bat at some point in self-defense. "All I know is he objected to my client being here, followed him down the block and then shot him," Russo said.

"They are nice people. I know he is a family man. They've got a little girl," neighbor Mike Goudket said. He showed PIX11 News a hole in a tree where one of the bullets landed.

"That must be where the fragments of the bullet struck. As you can see it's not just a little pinpoint. So if it ricocheted off the sidewalk," he said.

The NYPD said the sergeant has been placed on modified duty while the investigation continues.

Russo said his client was hospitalized in stable condition.