-- New York Police Department officer Brian Moore has died at Jamaica Hospital after he was shot Saturday in Queens, police said today. Moore, 25, was a five-year veteran.
"He'd already received two exceptional police service medals and two meritorious police service medals," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said today at a news conference. "We don't give them out easily."
Bratton called Moore "an extraordinary young man." He also said Moore's death is "a great loss to his family, a great loss to this department, and a great loss to this profession and to this city."
Moore was on duty Saturday with his partner Eric Jansen, 30, as part of an anti-crime unit in Queens Village when he was shot at 6:15 p.m., police said.
Moore and Jansen were in an unmarked patrol car when they saw a man on the street adjusting something in the waistband of his pants that appeared to be a gun, Bratton said Saturday night.
When the officers told the man to stop, he turned, pulled out a gun and began shooting into the car, Bratton said.
Moore was shot in the face. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery.
The suspect, identified as Demetrius Blackwell, fled on foot and was later arrested.
Bratton said Blackwell has a long arrest record.
Moore is the third NYPD officer killed in the line of duty in the past six months.