end of the summer, Police Officer Christopher Paulson of the 101 Precinct, in what his commanding officer called a “great job,” took two firearms and their owners off the streets of Far Rockaway. For those arrests, Paulson was named Officer of the Month at this month’s 101 Precinct Community Council meeting on November 17.
Shots rang out on New Haven Avenue and Beach 22 Street at approximately 11:14 a.m. on November 20 when a male was shot numerous times. According to sources a Level 1 Mobilization was called, but the assailant fled. The victim was reported to be in stable condition. No further information was available at press time. Members of the NYPD Evidence Collection Team mark off where eight gun shells landed and bag evidence found on the scene. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg
On August 30, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Paulson was patrolling Mott Avenue and Gibson Street – an area where people had been shot in the past and where shots had been fired earlier that same day. According to Captain Michael Liperti, the officer “observed a male on a bicycle. That male was found to be in procession of a loaded firearm. That male has been arrested previous times. He just moved from Brooklyn into the 101 Precinct.”
An officer stands watch over a vehicle with four bullet holes in the driver’s side window.
Liperti said subsequent evidence shows the male had the gun with intentions to use it that night.
“So obviously we think that Officer Paulson stopped a shooting that night,” added the commanding officer.
On September 3 at approximately 1 a.m. Paulson was patrolling the same area in response to a shots fired radio call. The officer, after a foot pursuit, apprehended the suspect in front of 1334 Caffrey Avenue.
“That individual was also found to be in possession of a loaded firearm,” said Liperti. “That individual also has previous arrests, and that individual is still incarcerated today.”
Police Officer Christopher Paulson, right, receives the Officer of the Month award from Captain Michael Lipetri for the two arrests, within five days, that took two firearms and their owners off the streets of Far Rockaway.