2006-04-28 / Front Page

Cop Shoots Suspect During Violent Struggle

By Brian Magoolaghan


The brother of the man shot by cops, Makai Jackson, second from left, scowls as he is confronted by reporters and photographers outside State Senator Malcolm Smith's office. Flanked by Ed Williams of the NAACP, left, his mother and City Councilman James Sanders Jr., right, Jackson turned himself in to authorities shortly thereafter.The brother of the man shot by cops, Makai Jackson, second from left, scowls as he is confronted by reporters and photographers outside State Senator Malcolm Smith's office. Flanked by Ed Williams of the NAACP, left, his mother and City Councilman James Sanders Jr., right, Jackson turned himself in to authorities shortly thereafter. A police officer in Far Rockaway shot a man in the shoulder blade Wednesday, after the man and his brother roughed up the officer and his partner and then tried to take his gun, police said.

The suspect, Floyd Johnson, 22, was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Johnson's brother, Makai Jackson, 19, fled the scene. He turned himself in at the 101 Precinct Thursday afternoon, with City Councilman James Sanders Jr. and Ed Williams of the NAACP by his side.

The incident unfolded on the side of 1250 Redfern Avenue - part of the Redfern Housing Project - at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. Two police officers approached Jackson, who they believed had been trespassing earlier on the rooftop of a nearby building. Jackson resisted and shouted for his brother, who suddenly appeared and then allegedly charged the officers.

Johnson knocked down one of the officers and then, along with Jackson, allegedly attacked the other officer - unleashing a flurry of kicks and punches. Police say Johnson then reached for one of the officer's gun and was shot by the partner.

The brothers, who have criminal histories, were not armed, but police say Johnson admitted he was attacking the officer when he was shot. A single 9 mm round struck the back of his shoulder, according to published reports. An initial statement from police - released about an hour after the incident - said Johnson "was struck in the torso."

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who is representing Johnson and Jackson, said he is awaiting medical records, which will describe the "precise location" of the wound.

"I have requested an independent investigation by the Queens District Attorney's Office with regard to the issue of excessive force," Rubenstein told The Wave. He cited witness accounts reported in the New York Post, which say Johnson was on the ground and ready to be cuffed when he was shot. "That obviously is a different account than the one authored by the NYPD," he said.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said the shooting appears to be within department guidelines, according to published reports.

The officers, who were not identified, suffered minor injuries.

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