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An attempted robber was shot and killed by a retired cop at The ParkSide Pub in Whitestone on Monday morning.

A retired cop who killed an attempted robber at a Whitestone bar was commended by the NYPD Chief of Detectives, according to a Daily News article on Wednesday.

“[He] acted properly from what we can see right now,” Chief Robert Boyce said, acknowledging the quick thinking of the former officer.

Police said the 24-year-old robber, Andrew McClean of Whitestone, Queens, walked into the Parkside Pub located at 24-14 149th St. just before 3:53 a.m. on June 13. He displayed a firearm and attempted to rob the patrons.

Law enforcement sources said that the retired 69-year-old officer then pulled out his own gun from an ankle holster and opened fire, striking the robber in the head.

Officers from the 109th Precinct responded to the scene along with EMS units, who pronounced the robber dead.

The investigation is ongoing but according to authorities, the retired officer will not be charged for his actions.





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The truth October 16, 2016 / 05:01AM
Excuse me are you referring to drug addiction? Its not a disease. Quite frankly you should shut your mouth, people with diseases are innocent like children who didnt deserve to die this kid did. How is drug addiction a disease? In a world with no drugs theres no more "addiction" but theres still disease. Youd have to eliminate life to eliminate disease. All he had to do was do something with his life and maybe he would be alive. There are plenty of high functioning drug users. The difference between them and him? He was stupid. I knew him growing up, he was known as doof for a reason
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Chantell Marie December 17, 2018 / 09:03AM
Shut the fuck up.people didn't know Andrew! He had a problem ! Fuck u bitch if this was your brother you would not be saying that! You ignorant bitch

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Erick Espinosa June 14, 2016 / 12:33PM
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. I feel sorry for the McClean family for losing a son, my prayers go out to the family. This is something that should of been avoided. If Andrew has a problem with drugs then his family should of sent him to rehab, its never to late to get help.
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Cathy Briody June 17, 2016 / 00:15AM
I know the parents of Andrew. His parents are extremely kind and compassionate people.The parents have been trying to get him help for years. Andrew's sickness is a disease and the bottom line is if they don't want to get clean, there is nothing on this earth anyone can do for him. He has to want it. So don't say the parents should of sent him to rehab, because most of the time they won't stay in rehab.

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Paul Shank June 13, 2016 / 08:55PM
Screw this low life.
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Chantell Marie December 17, 2018 / 09:01AM
Yo shut the fuck up u price of shit! Andrew had a problem! He wasn't a bad person

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NoOne20151958 June 21, 2016 / 19:21PM
@Cathy: REALLY? So you know the cop personally to say he was "too old" to be carrying? You cannot possibly know that. He didn't "kill" someone he shot a would be thief and probably saved others in that bar. It's perfectly legal to conceal carry in NY.

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angela June 19, 2016 / 13:03PM
this guy was a low life for doing something like this --

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Cathy Briody June 17, 2016 / 00:28AM
Mr. Shank, Andrew was no low life. He was a man with an illness that needed help. He would of never have hurt anybody. I don't know why a 69 yr. old retiree would still be carrying a gun. He is definitely too old to be using it. He is not in the same physical shape he was in when he was in active duty. If he was a good shooter he would of shot Andrew in the arm or leg, not in the head. I think this 69 yr. old retiree needs to give up his gun before he kills someone else.

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JD June 16, 2016 / 20:37PM
Hey Gloria, Have you ever come face to face with a man with a gun? It's not a nice feeling. And when it comes to drawing your weapon or not, it's just a matter of seconds that go by and I'm sure this 69 year old retired officer wasn't thinking about where should I shoot this guy. He saw a threat and took action as best as he could to save his life and those in that bar.As far as I'm concerned, it was a good shoot. RIP Andrew, you won't be doing this to anyone else anymore. Gloria you should be thanking this Officer for putting his life on the line for others. But that's not your speed, right?

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Gloria Grasso Beitzinger June 15, 2016 / 16:42PM
So not nice . He was still someone's son. Why was he shot in the face ? Why not shoot him somewhere else just to bring him down .

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RN June 15, 2016 / 14:56PM
I feel very sorry for the parents, however, somehow he had enough money to buy a gun for a premeditated evil purpose, and with that gun he could have killed and caused loss and grief for other families, therefore he got what he deserved. Outlaw guns and only Outlaws will have guns! One less drain on society! Condolances to the Mclean family.

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Felshamboy June 14, 2016 / 11:53AM
Andrew was a dear friend's son who sadly was unable to destroy his addiction. His parent's never abanonded him. A bit of mercy and grace on your part Mr. Shank would go a long way.

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