2004-10-22 / Community

Teen Pulls Gun On Cops and Lives

By Brian Magoolaghan

  • The Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct, Captain Paul Piekarski, found himself looking down an 8-inch gun barrel in the hands of a wild suspect while patrolling last Friday night, according to court records.
  • Piekarski and his driver, Sergeant Eugene Marcaida, were patrolling along Beach Channel Drive near the Bank of America (formerly Fleet Bank) at 66-03 Beach Channel Drive when they noticed a teenager behaving suspiciously behind the bank. Larry C. Hughes, 18, allegedly ducked when he saw the officers, and then bolted into an adjoining back yard.

    Piekarski and Marcadia gave chase on foot and caught up with Hughes in the backyard of 340 Beach 66 Street where they tried to place him under arrest. Hughes, swinging and flailing, resisted their efforts, according to court records. Then, in a brazen move that could have cost him his life, Hughes allegedly pulled a .44 caliber Ruger revolver from his waistband and, for a moment, put his sight on Piekarski, who along with Marcadia, quickly disarmed Hughes and took him into custody. The gun turned out to be unloaded.

    “They exercised extreme firearms control,” commented one law enforcement source suggesting Piekarski and Marcadia showed great restraint. Shooting Hughes, under the alleged conditions, would have been justified according to New York City Police Department protocol.

    Hughes, of 135 Beach 60 Street, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and resisting arrest. Queens Criminal Court Judge Steven Paynter set bail at $2,500.

    He is due back in court on Novem-ber 15.

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