2006-12-29 / Front Page

‘Psycho’ Busted For Firing Shots At Cops

By Howard Schwach


A 17-year-old reputed Bloods gang member whose street name is “Psycho” was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly firing eight bullets at police officers in Far Rockaway last week.

Police say Jamel Bryant (photo above) was arrested for firing eight shots at police officers on December 20.

According to police sources, two officers who were patrolling the Ocean Bay Houses that day attempted to stop Bryant for questioning outside of 54-49 Almeda Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. Bryant, who lives at 54-41 Almeda Avenue in the same complex, reportedly ran from the cops, going around the building as the police gave chase.

When the police officers turned the corner of the building Bryant allegedly fired three times in their direction. The officers did not return fire.

Bryant kept running to 440 Beach 58 Street, where he turned and fired another five shots at the cops. The officers again held their fire despite the repeated threat to their lives.

Jamel Bryant, flanked by NYPD detectives outside the 101 Precinct stationhouse Wednesday evening, is accused of trying to shoot two police officers on December 20.
Jamel Bryant, flanked by NYPD detectives outside the 101 Precinct stationhouse Wednesday evening, is accused of trying to shoot two police officers on December 20. None of the officers were struck by the gunfire.

Bryant then ran into the building, which was quickly flooded with police officers who conducted an intense search for their suspect, but no arrest was made at that time.

Bryant, who was hiding out in an apartment on Neilson Street in Far Rockaway when he was arrested, is charged with attempted murder, criminal use of a firearm, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, according to police. Further details about his criminal prosecution were unavailable from Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s office at press time.

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