Off-Duty NYPD Sergeant Shoots, Injures Man at Long Island Residence: Police

The victim's attorney claims the officer chased him down the street and shot him

What to Know

  • An off-duty NYPD officer shot and injured a man at his Long Island home early Friday, a law enforcement source says
  • The police officer wasn't identified but the source said he works out of Queens
  • An attorney for the man who was shot says his client is a personal trainer who had some kind of relationship with the cop's wife

An off-duty NYPD officer was involved in a shooting at his home on Long Island early Friday morning, Nassau County police confirmed to News 4.

Police responded to the sergeant's home near Sirrup Path and Locust Avenue in Seaford after receiving reports of gunfire.

Nassau cops said the sergeant was returning to his home when he was confronted by someone with a baseball bat. Law enforcement sources confirm a bat was found at the scene.

A law enforcement source identified the sergeant as Justin Ellis, a 12-year veteran of the NYPD who works out of Queens. The NYPD confirmed that sergeant has been placed on modified duty, and that his gun and shield have taken.

An attorney for the man who was shot told News 4 that his client is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The attorney, Jason Russo, said his client is a personal trainer who has a relationship with the sergeant's wife, though he declined to say whether it was professional or personal. Russo also wouldn't say why his client had stopped by the home after midnight.

Russo alleges that the officer demanded his client leave the house, chased him down the block and then shot him in the chest.

"He followed my client, accosted him with a firearm and shot him," Russo said.

Russo said he did not know anything about a bat being involved in the altercation. A vehicle believed to belong to the victim was removed from the scene.

Hours after the shooting, Nassau County police were still looking for evidence around the scene, combing over the lawn with a rake and metal detectors in front yards in the neighborhood.

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