Separate shootings leave two dead in Qns. Village

By Rich Bockmann

Two men were killed in Queens Village last week in separate incidents.

No charges have been filed after a love-spurned retired correction officer was shot dead by his ex-girlfriend’s new lover in Queens Village last week, although authorities said they were continuing to investigate.

Police said former city Department of Correction Officer Jeffrey Ragland, 50, was armed when he was fatally shot Dec. 10 in the driveway of a home on 108th Avenue. Several news reports have identified the suspected shooter as current DOC officer Oneil Linton, 36, but the NYPD said no arrests have been made in the incident.

A spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office would only say that as of Tuesday no charges had been filed.

“We don’t comment on investigations,” the spokeswoman said.

According to the reports, Ragland had in the past been romantically involved with Linton’s girlfriend, 33-year-old Salees Sales, also a DOC guard.

Ragland, who lived in Jamaica, drove his silver-colored SUV to Linton’s home where he and Sales had apparently spent the night.

The couple walked out the front door to go to work, and as they turned separate ways to head to their cars, Ragland approached Sales and began arguing with her, according to reports.

The argument turned physical when Ragland started punching the woman, according to the New York Post.

That was when Linton got involved, getting out of his car and pushing Ragland to the ground, the paper reported, citing an anonymous source.

Ragland reached for his gun and that was when Linton allegedly drew his weapon and opened fired, according to the Post.

Police said when they arrived around 4:30 a.m., Ragland was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In a separate incident, police were investigating a ground-floor office on Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village last Thursday where Earl Jackson, 30, had been killed the night before.

Police said Jackson was shot in the back of the head and tors and was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency responders arrived late Wednesday night. No arrests were made and the investigation was ongoing.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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