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Arrest Made In ‘A’ Train Shootout By Joan Ward George

Arrest Made In ‘A’ Train Shootout
By Joan Ward George

Although a couple of witnesses confirm Brandon Slay’s story that he was just returning gunfire at two men who were harassing him while riding on the "A" train early Saturday morning, he has still been placed under arrest and charged with assault and possession of a gun.

The incident occurred at 12:42 a.m. Saturday, December 9, near the Gaston avenue and Beach 67 street "A" train platform, while the train was traveling eastbound towards Far Rockaway. According to police, Slay was allegedly riding on the train when he was approached by two young men who started "messing with him". Slay, a resident of Far Rockaway, reportedly pulled out a gun and explained to them that he did not want to be "messed" with. Slay then walked to the front of the train, but was pursued by the annoying duo when, according to witnesses, one of them pulled out a gun and called Slay’s bluff. Slay responded by shooting one of them in the stomach.

A transit officer riding on the train called 911 and informed the police that shots had been fired. By the time the train pulled into the platform police were on their way to the scene. Slay fled the scene, but was arrested on Monday by Police Officer Desmond of the 100 Precinct detective squad.

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