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Hey guys please say a prayer for Police Officer Omar Edwards and his family. He was killed last night by another cop by mistake. Although I didn't know him, he used to work at the precinct where I work now, before I got there.

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That is terrible, god bless him, his family, the officer that shot him, and his family in this time!!
 

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Been praying for the families of both fellow brothers in blue since I heard about it last night. It is a bad situation for all.

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What a shame, friendly fire. Any details you can share either here or PM? On a call, accident in station etc?
 

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Off-duty NYPD cop fatally shot by fellow officer while chasing man who broke into his car
JENNIFER PELTZ | Associated Press Writer
10:28 AM EDT, May 29, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) — A plainclothes policeman who drew his gun while chasing someone he had found rummaging through his car was shot and killed by a fellow officer who was driving by and saw the pursuit, the police commissioner said.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly said 25-year-old Omar J. Edwards died after being shot late Thursday within blocks of the Harlem housing police station where he worked.

The shooter was white and Edwards was black, a fact that could raise questions about police use of deadly force in a minority community. And in recent years there have been several cases of off-duty policemen in the New York City area being shot and killed by other officers.

Edwards had just finished his shift around 10:30 p.m. when he headed to his car and saw that the driver's-side window had been smashed and a man was going through the vehicle, Kelly said.



Edwards struggled with the man, who got away from him by slipping out of his sweater, Kelly said. Edwards chased the man up two streets with his gun drawn, he said.

A sergeant and two plainclothes officers in an unmarked police car saw the pursuit and made a U-turn to follow the men, Kelly said. The officers were from the neighboring 25th Precinct anti-crime unit. One of the officers jumped out of the car and fired six times, hitting Edwards twice — once in the arm and once in the chest, he said.

Kelly said Edwards did not fire his weapon. He died at the Harlem Hospital Center about an hour after the shooting.

Witnesses said they heard several gun shots. Carmen Romero, on her way to work Friday morning, has lived in a nearby housing project for 26 years and said the shots sounded as if they were next to her window.

She said she and others in the area have been debating what role the race of the victim might have played in the shooting.

"I think they just saw a guy with a gun. How's that cop (who shot him) supposed to know" he was a police officer, she said. On the other hand, she said, it could have been because the cop was black.

"I'm not saying it was," she said. "They see a black guy with a gun. All the white cop saw was a black man with a gun. Pow, pow, pow."

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he got calls shortly after the shooting "from black officers who were at the precinct and were alarmed by the shooting of Omar Edwards."

The civil rights activist said he and his National Action Network "are completely concerned of a growing pattern of black officers being killed with the assumption that they are the criminals."

"This calls for federal investigation and intervention to sort out the facts and bring about a just resolve," Sharpton said in a statement. "Can police investigate themselves fairly and impartially? It would seem very difficult at best and unlikely in fact."

It was unclear whether the officers identified themselves. The name of the officer who fired the shots has not been released, but Kelly said he had worked at the NYPD for four years.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on his radio show Friday that investigators were reviewing security tapes and interviewing witnesses, and said the shooting was not deliberate. Investigators were also questioning the man Edwards had been chasing.

"The only thing that can come out of this is to improve procedures so perhaps it doesn't happen again," Bloomberg said. "We all know policing is a dangerous job and accidents happen when people have guns in their hands, even legal guns in this case which they are authorized and trained to use."

Kelly said Edwards had been on the force for two years and worked in the housing bureau. He was recently married and had two young children. His father-in-law has been a police officer for 19 years.

On Friday, police blanketed the shooting scene. A stretch of 125th Street, a major thoroughfare, was blocked off. People passing in cars and waiting for buses tried to get a glimpse beyond the yellow crime-scene tape; some asked each other what was going on.

The shooting recalled other cases of off-duty policemen being shot and killed by fellow officers.

In 2008, a black, off-duty Mount Vernon police officer was killed by a Westchester County policeman while holding a gun on an assault suspect in suburban White Plains. A grand jury found the victim had failed to identify himself as an officer. County officers — one white, one black and two Hispanic — were cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury.

In 2006, a New York City police officer, Eric Hernandez, was shot and killed by an on-duty patrolman who was responding to an attack at a White Castle in the Bronx.
 

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PO Edwards was leaving work, found someone breaking into his car, drew his gun on him, the perp ran and PO Edwards followed. An Anti-Crime unit saw PO Edwards chasing the perp (Edwards still had his gun in hand) Anti-Crime had no idea Edwards was a cop, they fired and killed him. The details are very unclear at this time, but this is basics. A real shame....
 

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Anyone watch The Wire? This exact type of situation occrued during season 3 of the show! It was turned into a racial mess in that show also.

What a shame of a situation.[wallmad]
 

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Such a trajedy. One good guy gone and another having to survive with his actions. Very tuff.
 

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FFFFFFF!! Sharpton, he is a perp and does nothing positive for anyone but himself, he is a fat loser[down][down][down][down][down]

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Now heres a trouble maker don't worry God will take care of him one day rest assured. All we need next is Jessie Jackson to leap on over to this as well[down]

This is so tragic God bless the guy who lost his life but even worse who shot him to have to live with that alone and their familys what they must be going through.
 

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wow, this is a tragedy...god bless everyone involved.

too bad no one accidentally shot him [wallmad]
 

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Anyone watch The Wire?
Ive seen all seasons I love that series. What a shame, anyone have anymore info? I hate when they try and turn it into a racial thing. A guy with a gun is a guy with a gun plain and simple.
 

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I hate when they try and turn it into a racial thing.
me too...it pisses me off. The first thing i heard on the news this AM before leaving for work is...NYPD
Officer guns down a fellow Officer, shooting may have been because of the color of the victims skin [wallmad]
 

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Officer guns down a fellow Officer, shooting may have been because of the color of the victims skin
But if the skin colors were reversed you wouldnt hear a thing about racism...I hate these a$$holes that even think like that. My heart goes out to the victims family...cant stand these liberal media d*!% sucks that try and exploit a bad situation like this [down]
 
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