NYPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder, Other Charges in Off-Duty Shooting

An NYPD officer has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault and drunken driving in the apparently random off-duty shooting attack on two men in a car in the suburbs earlier this year.

Officer Brendan Cronin was suspended in the wake of the April 29 shooting.

The passenger in the car was hit six times.

The driver, who was not hit, was at Thursday's arraignment. He said he wanted Cronin to see his face. He said Cronin saw only the back of his head during the shooting.

A judge signed orders of protection demanding that Cronin stay away from the two men. They have served notice that they plan to sue Cronin and New York City.

Cronin and his lawyer left the courthouse without commenting.

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