Mourner Was Packing Heat, Cops Say
The recent shooting death of Carl Murray Jr. reverberated throughout much of the black community in Rockaway due to his large family and notoriety. Hundreds of mourners gathered for a service last Thursday at the Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ on Mott Avenue.
A cop dressed in NYPD gear, who was part of a detail assigned to monitor the service, spotted Stanley Jackson, 42, taking pictures with other mourners outside the church.
“Are there any cops around?” Jackson asked his fellow mourners before reaching into his jacket to pull out a black revolver for the snapshot, police sources said.
The cop immediately notified 101 Precinct Captain Walter Salowski and relayed Jackson’s description.
Police sources, who said an NYPD presence was needed due to the shear number of people attending the service, said pouncing on an armed man in a populated area would have jeopardized the lives of bystanders and could have sparked confusion and discontent so, the decision was made to stop Jackson as soon as he moved away from the church.
Jackson finished paying his respects within minutes and set out on Mott Avenue on foot. Police trailed him and eventually cut him off near a van parked on the corner of Mott Avenue and Smith Place, where they safely recovered a .32 caliber revolver containing four rounds from his waistband.
Jackson, who lives at 84-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth degree and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
Queens Criminal Court Judge Lenora Gerald set bail at $30,000. Jackson is due back on court on May 20.
Corey Whitlock, 28, the man who police think killed Murray, remained at large at press time.