2009-01-30 / Top Stories

Top Cop: Taser Did Not Stop EDP

By Howard Schwach Additional Reporting By Miriam Rosenberg

The house at 24-50 Collier Avenue in Far Rockaway, where an emotionally disturbed man stabbed NYPD Sergeant Timothy Smith. The house at 24-50 Collier Avenue in Far Rockaway, where an emotionally disturbed man stabbed NYPD Sergeant Timothy Smith. The top cop at the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway says that the sergeant who was stabbed in the eye by an emotionally disturbed man last week tried to slow his attacker down by firing a Taser at him, but that the electric shot generated by the device did not even slow the man down.

At the 101 Precinct Community Council meeting last week, Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon spoke about the incident and the fact that Sergeant Timothy Smith will permanently lose the sight in one eye.

"The sergeant lost his eye, so the whole command is upset about this," McMahon said. "It's very troubling that even with the Taser - they tasered him - but he didn't stop. The cops didn't shoot him, which is what we want them to do, but it just goes to show how dangerous this job is. Even when we follow [the guidelines], we still get hurt.

McMahon said that two patrol cars responded to a family's call that an emotionally disturbed person (EDP) was at 24-50 Collier Avenue in Far Rockaway.

When the cops got there, they found Neil Perreira, 32, cutting vegetables at the kitchen table with a large knife.

As soon as he saw the police, sources say, Perreira ran into the bedroom.

When Smith knocked at the door and asked to speak with him, Perreira allegedly came out of the bedroom and stabbed Smith, also injuring two other cops in the struggle that ensued.

"We took [Smith] to Jamaica [Hospital] that night," McMahon said. "They couldn't save his eye. They transferred him from Jamaica to Bellevue [Hospital] under heavy sedation. He has been semi-conscious for the past several days."

"He had brain trauma," McMahon added. "He had an artery bleeding in his brain."

Sources at Bellevue Hospital declined to comment on Smith's condition, except to say that, at press time, he was critical but stable.

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