BROOKLYN (AP) — An off-duty New York City police officer who was shot in the head during a botched robbery died Tuesday, the police commissioner said as officials also announced a murder charge against a suspect.
Officer Adeed Fayaz, 26, was shot Saturday in Brooklyn, where he and his brother-in-law went to buy a car posted on Facebook Marketplace from a man later identified as the alleged shooter, authorities said.
“Police Officer Adeed Fayaz was a father, a husband, a son, and a protector of our great city,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a social media post Tuesday evening. “Our Department deeply mourns his passing, and his family and loved ones are in our prayers.”
Fayaz’s family and dozens of police officers gathered outside a Brooklyn hospital Tuesday evening as his body was loaded into an ambulance and driven away in a procession.
Police Officer Adeed Fayaz was a father, a husband, a son, and a protector of our great city.
Officer Fayaz was shot Saturday night and he tragically succumbed to his injuries today.
Our Department deeply mourns his passing, and his family and loved ones are in our prayers. pic.twitter.com/zK9BdHwvM1
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) February 7, 2023
Police officials said earlier Tuesday that Randy Jones, 38, was arrested at a suburban motel Monday in connection with the shooting. Tuesday night, authorities announced Jones was charged with murder and attempted robbery. It was unclear if Jones has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.
Fayaz, married with two young children, agreed to meet Jones on Saturday to buy a car for $24,000, Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a news conference. When Fayaz and his brother-in-law arrived, Jones asked “jokingly” if the men were armed, Essig said. Jones then put Fayaz in a headlock and demanded the money, the chief said.
Fayaz said he didn’t have the money, Essig said, and Jones pointed a gun at Fayaz’s brother-in-law. Fayaz broke free from the headlock and Jones shot him in the head, Essig said.
Randy Jones Charged with Murder for Killing Off Duty NYPD Cop Adeed Fayaz during Robbery 2.7.23 pic.twitter.com/n4e9RBdjxa
— Gulf-SchemePark (@jackkim36) February 8, 2023
Jones ran, firing more shots at he fled, Essig said. The brother-in-law grabbed Fayaz’s gun from his hip and fired several shots as well, he said. The brother-in-law was not injured.
Jones drove off in a 2011 BMW that was registered to his mother, Essig said.
Jones was arrested Monday at a Days Inn in Nanuet, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north of New York City. A woman and five children ages 6 months to 11 years were with him at the motel, Essig said. Police detained Jones using Fayaz’s handcuffs, Essig said.
38-year-old Randy Jones has been charged with murder and attempted robbery in the fatal shooting of Deer Park native, 26-year-old NYPD Officer Adeed Fayaz. #NewYork #LongIsland #NYPD pic.twitter.com/t7Thg7Ut12
— News Alphas (@NewsAlphas) February 8, 2023
Somber scene in New York tonight as NYPD Officer Adeed Fayaz’s body is transferred from Brookdale Hospital.
The 26 year-old died Tuesday, 3 days after he was shot while trying to buy an SUV…pic.twitter.com/dpjrxJ2byH
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 8, 2023
Somber moments from the family and colleagues of NYPD Officer Adeed Fayaz as his body was transferred from Brookdale Hospital to the medical examiner on Tuesday night. https://t.co/lm6Ojzap4I pic.twitter.com/Zj6rVi0us0
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) February 8, 2023