1999-12-11 / Front Page

Shots Fired At Cops

Perp Confesses He Was Sole Shooter

A level one mobilization was conducted Saturday morning after cops from the 101 Precinct were shot at from a roof in Edgemere. 500 police officers, including 150 detectives from all over the city were called to Rockaway to catch the perp who shot at fellow officers.

Tyshon Mitchell, 19, was arrested for shooting at police officers from a roof in Edgemere early Saturday morning.

By Joan Ward George

Two 101 Precinct police officers found themselves pinned under their patrol car early Saturday morning attempting to get away from the direct line of fire as bullets were shot at them from the roof of 453 Beach 40 street.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. Saturday, December 4 police responded to a call at 453 Beach 40 street where they found a crowd of men playing dice, drinking and gambling. At the scene were Police Officers Maier and Ford in a marked patrol car from the 101 Precinct as well as Lt. Price, Sgt. Burke and Police Office Frusci who were in an unmarked, undercover police vehicle. According to police, while Maier and Ford went to their squad car to write up a summons and call into the station shots were fired at them from the roof of either 40-20 Beach Channel drive or 453 Beach 40 street, two buildings that are connected by a breezeway. The undercover officers were in the breezeway and out of the line of fire as they disbursed the crowd and the bullets started flying. Police Officers Maier and Ford took cover behind their vehicle as more shots were fired. None of the police officers or people at the scene were injured, but two of the bullets hit the patrol car. A total of 14 spent shell casings from a 9 mm gun were found at the scene.

Nineteen year old Tyshon Mitchell was arrested within hours of the incident after 500 police officers from all over the city, including 150 detectives coordinated by 101 Precinct Detectives Henson and Savine, conducted a level 1 mobilization. According to Henson, an extensive canvassing of the area immediately after the shooting resulted in them grabbing Mitchell in the hallway of 453 Beach 40 street. Found to be in possession of marijuana, Mitchell was arrested and taken to the 101 Precinct for interrogation.

During the course of the interrogation Mitchell confessed to the detectives that he was the sole shooter. Police told The Wave Tuesday that they were satisfied with the details of his confession. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm and felony possession of marijuana.

Other than one minor disorderly conduct charge down South, police say that Mitchell has had no other run-ins with the law.







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