2006-07-21 / Front Page

'Cop-Killer' Gun Is Off The Street

By Howard Schwach


Police officers who participated in the warrant seizure pose with some of the material they took from 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. From left, Police Officer John Purcell, Sergeant Brian Stamm, Detective Marquis Stewart, lieutenant Danny Fisch and Sergeant J.C. Cerrato. The FN 5.7 is the gun at lower center, accompanied by its bullets and a magazine.Photo by Doug MacleodPolice officers who participated in the warrant seizure pose with some of the material they took from 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. From left, Police Officer John Purcell, Sergeant Brian Stamm, Detective Marquis Stewart, lieutenant Danny Fisch and Sergeant J.C. Cerrato. The FN 5.7 is the gun at lower center, accompanied by its bullets and a magazine.Photo by Doug Macleod Police officers from the 100 Precinct executing a warrant at the Hammel Houses on Wednesday, arrested five people and confiscated crack cocaine, marijuana and two automatic handguns one of which has been termed by some weapons experts as a "cop-killer." Police sources told The Wave that this is the first time this weapon, the Fabrique Nationale's FN 5.7 USG, has shown up in Rockaway.

Police hit apartment 2E at 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and found the five people who were arrested inside the apartment with a quantity of drugs and the two guns - one a standard 9 millimeter and the other the Belgium automatic. Those arrested were Cquan Lloyd, Sabrina Davis, Clarence Davis, William Davis and William McNeal, who was identified as the father of the Davis clan. All of those arrested live in the apartment, police say.

The team that executed the warrant was led by Lieutenant Danny Fisch, an NYPD intelligence specialist who was once a rookie cop in the 100 Precinct. The precinct team was led by Sergeants Brian Stamm and J.C. Cerrato, the precinct's intelligence sergeant. Detective Marquis Stewart and Police Officer John Purcell were also involved in the arrests.

Cops say that the most troubling item taken in the bust was the FN 5.7 automatic.

Wikpedia, an online encyclopedia, says that Fabrique Nationale argues that it produced the gun to pierce "light kelvar body armor," because, "Law enforcement officers need the ability to pierce the body armor, as it is worn by an increasing number of criminals."

The gun uses a newly-designed 5.7 x 28 millimeter cartridge that is capable of piercing the vests at 300 millimeters. The company says, however that this statistic is for its SS190 cartridges only, a bullet sold only to the military and to law enforcement agencies.

On its Website, the company says the gun is intended "to defeat the enemy in all close combat situations in urban areas, in jungle conditions and in any self-defense mission. Enemy personnel, even those wearing body armor, can be effectively engaged at up to 200 meters."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has said, according to its Website, that other, more-available cartridges for the gun may not be armor piercing. The gun's magazine also accommodates 15 rounds, more than the standard automatic used by NYPD officers. An extension for the magazine, sold by the manufacturer, can quickly expand that capability to 30 rounds.

There is no indication that the FA 5.7 taken in Rockaway contained the type of bullets that can penetrate Kevlar vests, however.

An alert that went out to police precincts across the city from weapons expert Chris Epperson says, "The bullet [for the FN 5.7] comes in several different types. Some are not available to civilians, but we know how long that is going to last. The bullet will perforate 48 layers of Kevlar from 50 meters out."

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence recently held a press conference about the FN 5.7. At that conference, three national police organizations were joined by Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Elliott Engel of New York.

They urged police nationwide to be on the lookout for the gun and urged Congress to pass laws against its importation and use.

"Nobody uses something like this to hunt," Schumer said. "Nobody needs a gun like this for self-defense. There is no reason that it should be on our streets."

The National Rifle Association, on its Website, however, says that Schumer and the others are lying about the danger of the new weapon.

"Given the large number of lies that anti-gun groups and politicians have told over the years, we hesitate to say that this is the most dishonest and deceptive thing we have ever heard from them. But what they are saying about Farrique Nationale's 5.7 pistol is among the most dishonest and deceptive to date."

The gun lobby argues that only the SS 190 round is able to penetrate vests and that "it is not legal to import or manufacture [the SS 190] for import or for sale to the public."

Police said the five people who were arrested would be charged with possession of controlled substances and criminal possession of a weapon.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown could not confirm the charges at press time because the defendants were still awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.

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