NYPD Officer Indicted on Attempted Murder, Drunken Driving Charges in Off-Duty Shooting

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014  |  Updated 12:32 PM EDT
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NYPD Officer Accused of Randomly Firing at Passing Car

Brendan Cronin, at inset

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NYPD Officer Accused of Randomly Firing at Passing Car

Internal Affairs officers are investigating after an off-duty NYPD cop appears to have randomly opened fire at a passing car Tuesday night in Pelham, N.Y., hitting a passenger six times. Andrew Siff reports.
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An NYPD officer has been indicted on attempted murder and drunken driving charges in the apparently random off-duty shooting of a man in the suburbs.

The Westchester County district attorney said Thursday that Officer Brendan Cronin parked his car in Pelham on April 29, just before midnight. He then approached a car that was stopped at a traffic light and allegedly shot the passenger six times.

Cronin, of Yonkers, was arrested within a few blocks by Pelham police. Prosecutors say he had been driving while intoxicated.

A call to Cronin's lawyer was not immediately returned.

The passenger who was shot and the driver of that car have said they plan to sue Cronin and New York City. The city's law department has declined to comment.

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