In a devastating turn of events, the New York Police Department (NYPD) mourns the loss of one of their own as Officer Adeed Fayaz, 26, died from gunshot wounds sustained while off duty. Injuries to the police officer occurred on Saturday evening, and he was hospitalized in Brooklyn until Tuesday, when he tragically passed away.
According to NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, Officer Fayaz was a five-year veteran of the department, a loving husband, and a father of two children. Our deepest condolences are extended to the family of Officer Fayaz on his passing. He was a protector of our great city, a son, husband and father,” Commissioner Sewell stated, adding that the family and loved ones of the fallen officer are in the department’s prayers.
A 38-year-old New York City man named Randy Jones was apprehended by authorities on Monday. The NYPD currently has around 500 officers of Pakistani origin serving the department.
The incident took place as Officer Fayaz and his brother-in-law were in contact with an individual who was selling a Honda Pilot on Facebook Marketplace for $24,000. According to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig, the men met with the seller on Saturday, who jokingly asked if they were armed. Both men replied that they were not.
The encounter took a dangerous turn when the perpetrator placed Officer Fayaz in a headlock, pointed a gun at his head, and demanded money. When Fayaz informed the individual that he did not have the money, the suspect pointed the gun at his brother-in-law. However, Officer Fayaz was able to break free, but was shot in the head as the suspect fled, continuing to fire in the direction of both men.
The brother-in-law, who was also armed, took Officer Fayaz’s weapon and fired at least six times. Dashboard camera recordings from the brother-in-law’s vehicle assisted in identifying the vehicle used by the assailant to flee the scene. Cameras were not present in the alley where the shooting occurred.
The NYPD extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Officer Adeed Fayaz. The department is committed to bringing justice to the fallen officer and ensuring the safety of its citizens.