St. Albans man cuffed in fatal shooting of off-duty NYC corrections officer in Richmond Hill

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Cops have arrested a St. Albans man who fatally shot an off-duty corrections officer in the head in Richmond Hill last week.

Gifford Hunter, 30, an MTA employee, was charged on Sept. 17 with second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is currently being held without bail and is due to return to court on Oct. 10.

If convicted, Hunter faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

According to charges, at 1:36 a.m. on Sept. 14, Hunter fired a single shot into a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jonathan Narain, who was on his way to work as a corrections officer, at the intersection of 120th Street and 103rd Avenue, fatally striking Narain in the head.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Narain to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“The defendant is accused of firing a single shot into the head of an off-duty NYC corrections officer, mortally wounding him,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “This was a cold-hearted and senseless act of violence that will not be tolerated in Queens County. My office will continue to work tirelessly to combat the proliferation of illegal guns in our community and will vigorously prosecute those who disobey our laws.”

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Updated at 11:30 a.m.

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