Cops Recover After Making ‘A’ Train Collar
Two Transit Police officers, who collared one of the ‘A’ train shooting suspects immediately after shots rang out last Friday afternoon, are being commended as they recover from their injuries at home.
"We’re very proud….they were right there when something bad happened," said Transit District 23 Captain Mark A. Watenberg of Oscar Rivera and Robert Mallins. The men were also applauded by Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown after he visited them at Peninsula General Hospital with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after the incident.
"The police officers who were on patrol in plainclothes acted with bravery and professionalism," Brown said.
Mallins needed stitches in his face and head after he was thrown to the ground while trying to apprehend the alleged triggerman, Raymond Burney, who got away. Rivera, who was also injured, apprehended the suspected lookout man, Mark Ebanks. Burney was arrested in Brooklyn a day later.
Burney and Ebanks, both 17 and from Far Rockaway, are each charged with second degree murder, armed first degree robbery, two more counts of first degree robbery and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Burney, who according to court papers admitted he was the shooter, is also charged with second degree assault and resisting arrest.
Both men were held without bail and are due back in court on December 15. They could spend the rest of their lives in prison if found guilty.
Meanwhile, the Daily News reported this week that Mayor Michael Bloomberg paid for the funeral of the 21-year-old victim, Shamel Garett. The father of a 2-month-old boy, Garett was in Rockaway visiting relatives for Thanksgiving. The defendants allegedly preyed upon Garett for his jewelry, including earrings and a necklace.
Brown called the shooting, which happened at about 2 p.m. at the Beach 36 Street subway station in Edgemere, an example of shockingly mindless gun violence.