Two thieves picked the wrong vehicle to break into in Laurelton on Wednesday afternoon, as one of them was shot dead after being confronted by a retired New York City correction officer, police said.
According to authorities, at 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 30, police responded to a 911 call regarding shots fired at a home in the vicinity of 138th Avenue and 227th Street. Upon their arrival, officers from the 105th Precinct found Fabrice Ferrari, 21, with a gunshot wound to his head.
A preliminary investigation found that the two men were attempting to break into a car, apparently belonging to a 58-year-old retired correction officer, at the location. The officer witnessed the burglary attempted and confronted the thieves.
Law enforcement sources said this led to a dispute that turned violent when one of the bandits struck the retired officer in the face with a firearm.
Cops said the retired officer then pulled out his own gun and opened fire, striking one of the men in the head. The other suspect fled the scene and remains at large.
Paramedics rushed Ferrari to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police withheld his identity, pending family notification. The retired officer suffered lacerations to his face and was also taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is in stable condition.
Following an ongoing investigation, at 3:30 p.m that same day police arrested Solomon Edwards, 18, and Angel Nixon, 17. Edwards was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, misapplication of property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and Nixon was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Updated Feb. 5, 1:40 p.m.