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Jamaica Hills man killed by officers: NYPD

By Madina Toure

A 30-year-old Jamaica Hills resident was shot and killed by two police officers after he fired a gun inside a bar in Jamaica Wednesday night, the NYPD said.

Police responded to a 911 call of shots fired inside the Irish Hillside Inn on the corner of 168th Street and Hillside Avenue, according to police.

When they arrived, officers concluded that the man, identified as Jonathan Efraim, who is white, had discharged a loaded Glock 99 inside the establishment and fled northbound on 168th Street toward Highland Avenue.

Law enforcement sources said Efraim had multiple prior arrests, according to a police spokesman. Police gave his address as Jamaica Hills.

After witnesses gave the police a description of the gunman, officers found him in the vicinity of 168th Street and Highland Avenue and shouted, “Police, don’t move!,” the authorities said.

After pursuing the man by foot toward 168th Place and Highland Avenue, the man stopped, turned and fired on the officers, officials said.

“This guy just started shooting at the ceiling and then we were called,” a police source said. “We started chasing him and he started shooting at us.”

He continued southbound on 168th Place toward Hillside Avenue, where he again stopped, turned and pointed his weapon in the officers’ direction a second time outside 87-43 168th Place.

Two uniformed officers then fired their guns five times in the man’s direction, striking him in the torso.

Efraim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The two officers who fired their weapons were taken to North Shore Medical Center for treatment of tinnitus

The man’s firearm was recovered at the scene.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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