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BMW Driver’s Shooting of FBI Agent in Brooklyn Caught on Camera, Complaint Says

The agent, who was shot in the torso, gets out of his car at a nearby intersection and fires back at the suspect, the video shows

What to Know

  • Video captured the moment a man accused of shooting an FBI agent in Brooklyn tried to corner the agent with his car before firing the shots
  • Ronell Watson allegedly shot an FBI agent who was doing surveillance in Canarsie this past December
  • The agent was working on a drug investigation when the shooting happened, sources said

A newly-released video captures the moment a man accused of shooting an FBI agent in Brooklyn tried to corner the agent with his car before firing the shots.

Ronell Watson allegedly shot an FBI agent who was doing surveillance in Canarsie this past December.

Video released this week appears to show Watson driving a BMW the wrong way down a one-way street before parking the car near the front of the agent's vehicle, approaching the vehicle and shooting at the agent as the agent drives away.

The agent, who was shot in the torso, gets out of his car at a nearby intersection and fires back at Watson, the video shows.

Federal prosecutors said Watson lied to investigators at the hospital after the shooting, telling them he was an innocent bystander. They also said Watson is a drug-dealing gang member, and that a search of his home turned up a pound of marijuana, $15,000 and jewelry.

His girlfriend Molissa Gangapersad has been charged with making a false statement in the case for allegedly lying about the shooting.

The FBI agent was conscious and alert when he went into surgery at Kings County Hospital after the shooting, according to court papers.

The agent was working on a drug investigation when the shooting took place, sources said in December.

Watson allegedly ditched the BMW at an auto body shop and got a friend to drive him to the hospital, the sources said.

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