Brian Moore, NYPD Officer Shot in Queens, Dies from Injury

Brian Moore
A NYPD car arrives at the hospital where New York police officer Brian Moore was being treated after he was shot Saturday. He died on Monday. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Brian Moore, the New York City officer who was shot in Queens over the weekend, has died from his injuries, police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced at 2:30 p.m. Monday. Moore suffered a head injury in the shooting. 

Police officers lined up to pay their respects as Moore's body was removed from a Jamaica, Queens, hospital Monday. Bratton said Moore had arrested 150 people during his five-year career and called his death a "great loss.

Demetrius Blackwell, 35, was taken into custody on Saturday night and was initially charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted murder. Following Moore's death, he will likely be charged with first-degree murder. 

Moore, who was 25, is the fifth NYPD officer to be shot in the past five months. He was working with the 105th Precinct in Queens and in plainclothes at the time of the shooting. Police said Blackwell fired at least two rounds into the car in which Moore and his partner were sitting. They had approached Blackwell because they suspected he was carrying a weapon in the waistband of his pants. 

In December, NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley while sitting in their patrol car. Prior to the shooting, Brinsley had posted on social media, "They Take 1 of Ours...Let's Take 2 of Theirs." The deaths set off a series of clashes between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD, with some officers turning their backs on de Blasio during various public events, including the funerals for both officers.

De Blasio has been working to repair his relationship with the NYPD, most recently supporting the arrest of more than 100 people during a protest organized to show support for Baltimore and those demonstrating against the death of Freddie Gray.

"Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of police officer Brian Moore. For five years, Brian served with distinction, and he put his life on the line each day to keep us all safe," de Blasio said in a statement. "During this tragic time, New Yorkers must come together to support the Moore family in any way we can, and on behalf of a grateful city, Chirlane and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Moore family and to the entire NYPD family." 

"The shooting of Officer Brian Moore over the weekend was a deplorable act of violence that has robbed New York of one of its finest," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "I join with all New Yorkers in mourning his passing and send my deepest condolences to his friends and family."

Following the report of Moore's death, some police officers placed a mourning band on their badge. The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, an NYPD union, called Moore a hero. "His family now becomes our family, and we will support them in every way possible through the next difficult days and beyond," said President Albert O'Leary in a statement.