A third cop narrowly escaped with his life Saturday night when a suspect pointed a gun directly at the officer’s head and pulled the trigger in The Bronx — not realizing it was empty.
Cops went to East 140th Street in Mott Haven at 9 p.m. on reports of a man shooting out windows with a .357 caliber revolver.
They spotted the suspect, identified as Raymond Leonardo, 18, and ordered him to drop the gun. Instead, he took point blank aim at one of the officers, officials said.
When the gun didn’t work, he put it in his pocket and ran. Cops tackled him a few blocks away.
“It looks like he used up all of his bullets’’ firing at the windows, a law-enforcement source said.
A Bronx teen who twice pointed his gun at cops and pulled the trigger — only to realize that he’d just emptied the weapon shooting out apartment windows — nearly hit several residents with his gunfire, police sources and witnesses said Sunday.
Raymond Leonardo, 17, had wildly fired six shots into a building on East 140th Street in Mott Haven around 9 p.m. Saturday before he aimed the gun at responding officers who showed up to answer a 911 call, police said.
“My son came out and said he almost got shot,” said Maretta Carter, who was cooking inside her fourth-floor apartment when a bullet came smashing through her window. “He was just cleaning his room.”
“I’m scared, and I want to move because it can happen again and be even worse,” she said.
A resident on the second floor who declined to give his name said he heard several gunshots before one of the bullets hit his window frame.
BRONX GRAND JURY CHARGES TEEN IN
CYPRESS AVENUE SHOOTING
Attempted Murder,, Weapons & Other Charges for December 2014 Incident
(BBronx,, NY – January 22,, 2015)) – Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announces the Supreme Court arraignment of 17 – year – old RAYMOND LEONARDO for the December 2014 incident at Cypress Avenue and East 140 th Street,, during which he is accused of shooting a .3357 revolver in the direction of several indiv iduals..
LEONARDO,, age 17,, is charged with the following felonies::
Attempted Murder in the 2 nd Degree (33 counts))
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2 nd Degree (22 counts))
Attempted Assault in the 1 st Degree (33 counts))
Criminal Possession of a Firearm
Reckless Endangerment in the 1 st Degree
It is alleged that,, on December 20 th , 2014,, LEONARDO was at East 140 th Street and Cypress Avenue shortly before 9PM when he saw the three to four men whom he’d encountered two weeks earlier and who had expr essed what he perceived as a threat to his sister — “ They were like ‘yyo,, yo’’ and I saw they were coming after me so I picked up my sister and ran home,,”” he told police and the District Attorney’s Office in videotaped statements..
It is further alleged LEONARDO fired a half dozen shots toward the individuals,, and that they started running,, “II aimed straight but didn’t hit anybody..”” But bullets did hit windows of the apartment building at 673 East 140 th Street,, and bullet fragments were recovered from inside of two apartments..
Minutes later,, police spotted LEONARDO and apprehended him on East 137 th near Bruckner Boulevard,, also recovering the firearm..
RAYMOND LEONARDO’s next appearance in court is o n April 24,, 2015 before Justice N ic h olas Iacovetta in Part 96..
The ca se is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Burim Namani of the Bronx D..AA.. Trial Bureau 30//440..
The charges contained in the indictment are allegations;; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty..
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