Illegal Immigrant Suspect Unloads on NYC Cops: ‘Disregard for Life’

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Amidst Migrant Surge, Concerns Arise Over Sanctuary Status

Two New York City police officers were injured in a shooting early Monday as they investigated a pattern of robberies involving suspects on scooters. The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Bernardo Raul Castro Matta from Venezuela, was shot in the leg and taken into custody.

Shootout and Officer Injuries

The incident occurred around 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of 89th Street and 23rd Avenue in Queens. Officers from the 115th Precinct’s public safety unit attempted to stop Matta, who was driving a scooter the wrong way, but he fled on foot.

During the pursuit, Matta fired at the officers, striking one in the stomach area of his bulletproof vest and the other in the leg. Both officers were transported to hospitals in stable condition and are expected to recover.

Mayor Eric Adams, displaying the wounded officer’s bulletproof vest with a bullet hole, decried the violence as a “senseless act of violence” that shows “a total disregard for life.”

Suspect Identified and Charged

According to the police, Castro Matta entered the country illegally through Eagle Pass, Texas, and had been living at a former hotel in Queens that is now serving as a migrant shelter.

He has no prior arrests in New York City but is suspected of involvement in multiple robberies in Queens. The gun used in the shooting was recovered from the scene and determined to be illegally possessed.

Concern over Sanctuary Policies

Mayor Adams pointed to the increased patterns of crime involving scooters, noting a dramatic rise in such incidents since 2022. He highlighted the need to reassess the city’s sanctuary policies, which have been criticized for shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation, even if they commit crimes.

The controversy comes as the city faces an influx of migrants from across the southern border, straining resources and raising concerns about public safety.

Commendation for Officers’ Bravery

Patrick Hendry, president of the Police Benevolent Association, praised the injured officers for putting their lives on the line to protect New Yorkers.

He emphasized the camaraderie among police officers, highlighting that the officer who was not shot was concerned about his partner’s safety and applied a tourniquet to save his life.