2008-07-18 / Top Stories

Off-Duty Cop Who Shot Local Back On Job

By Nicholas Briano

The off-duty New York Police Department detective who was placed on modified duty after his drunken shootout in Jamaica, Queens with a Far Rockaway man outside a night club in Jamaica, Queens last week, has been restored to full duty, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Wednesday.

Fifteen-year veteran Detective Ivan Davison became the department's first officer to undergo the new sobriety testing program put in place after the Sean Bell incident, which mandates that any officer who is involved in a shooting incident must be tested immediately.

Kelly said that the fact that Davison had a few drinks off-duty before taking on a situation where a civilian could have been killed, is only one of the factors the department took into account in deciding whether the shooting met department guidelines.

"At grave personal risk, Detective Davison took appropriate and courageous police action to end an imminent threat of death or serious injury to himself and others," Kelly said in a written statement.

"As the shooting was investigated, witnesses were located and the facts became known, it became apparent that the shooting was within department guidelines," he continued.

Davison was off duty and at a nightclub with his friends when he noticed a group of men fighting and immediately tried to break up the fight.

It is alleged that he identified himself as a cop while trying to break up the fight, but Far Rockaway resident, Stephon Allston, 22, of 64 Grassmere Terrace, pulled out a tec-9 machine gun and opened fire, according to police. Davison then fired back, hitting Allston in the leg and arm. Allston was arrested at a Nassau County hospital where he had gone to receive treatment for his gunshot wounds. He has been charged in Queens Supreme Court with attempted murder.

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