2001-10-20 / Front Page

Man With Gun Shot By Police

By Howard Schwach

What began as a dispute over money turned into a shootout as police officers from the 101 Precinct shot and wounded a man in front of 54-30 Beach Channel Drive last Monday evening.

According to police sources, Michael Evans and his brother, Eugene, got involved in a dispute over money with Richard Griffin, 35.

Griffin allegedly reached into the car the two brothers were sitting in and hit Eugene in the face, causing injury and lacerations.

Both Michael and Eugene got out of their car and began chasing Griffin.

According to police reports, Michael carried a .22 caliber sawed-off rifle when he exited the car.

Two police officers on routine patrol, officers Robinson and McCabe, said that they heard a number of shots fired by Michael Evans, but nobody was reportedly hit by those shots.

The officers responded to the shots and reported that they saw Evans with the rifle in one hand and a pistol in the other.

Evans reportedly shot at the police twice and then turned and fired at a group of unidentified men nearby.

He then passed the handgun to another unidentified male, who fled the scene towards Beach Channel Drive.

Evans turned towards the cops and reportedly moved in their direction with the rifle still in his hands.

Evans continued to move towards the officers, refusing their commands to stop and drop the weapon. They reported that he reached for his waistband.

At that point, Officer Robinson fired three rounds from his automatic, striking Evans once in his arm.

Evans was arrested by the officers and charged with attempted murder of a Police Officer.

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