NYPD Backtracks, Says Officer Wasn't Killed in 1999 Shooting - NBC New York

NYPD Backtracks, Says Officer Wasn't Killed in 1999 Shooting

A police spokeswoman said Monday that Officer Vincent Ling survived and has since retired

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    Suspect Arrested in 1999 NYPD Officer Killing

    A man was arrested in Florida in connection with the 1999 shooting death of an off-duty NYPD officer.

    (Published Sunday, March 17, 2019)

    What to Know

    • The NYPD says confusion surrounding an arrest led officials to wrongly declare that an off-duty officer had been killed in a 199 shooting

    • A police spokeswoman said Monday that Officer Vincent Ling survived and has since retired

    • Commissioner James O'Neill tweeted Sunday that Ling had been killed

    He's alive! The New York Police Department says confusion surrounding a long-awaited arrest led officials to wrongly declare that an off-duty officer had been killed in a 1999 shooting in the Bronx.

    A police spokeswoman said Monday that Officer Vincent Ling survived and has since retired. Commissioner James O'Neill tweeted Sunday that Ling had been killed.

    Sgt. Jessica McRorie said in a statement that a misreading of the attempted murder charge on suspect Lester Pearson's arrest warrant "led to the confusion about (Ling's) death."

    Pearson was arrested Friday in Jacksonville, Florida. The New York Daily News heralded the development on its front page with the headline: "COP KILLER CAUGHT."

    It wasn't clear if Pearson had a lawyer. Prosecutors said charging documents weren't in a database because the case is old.

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