One officer with the New York City Police Department has reportedly died just days after being shot in the head as part of an attempted robbery that took place this past weekend.
26-year-old Adeed Fayaz, the officer in question, ended up succumbing to his injuries this past Tuesday, announced NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell via a post to social media which went live just a few hours in the wake of the suspect being arrested.
“Police Officer Adeed Fayaz was a father, a husband, a son, and a protector of our great city,” stated Sewell. “Officer Fayaz was shot Saturday night and he tragically succumbed to his injuries today. Our Department deeply mourns his passing, and his family and loved ones are in our prayers.”
Police Officer Adeed Fayaz was a father, a husband, a son, and a protector of our great city.
Officer Fayaz was shot Saturday night and he tragically succumbed to his injuries today.
Our Department deeply mourns his passing, and his family and loved ones are in our prayers. pic.twitter.com/zK9BdHwvM1
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) February 7, 2023
Fayaz traveled with a relative to Ruby Street in Brooklyn while off-duty this past Saturday with the intent to buy a car in a transaction that had been set up on social media, explained police officials. Once they got there, however, the suspect allegedly brandished a firearm and announced a robbery, leading to a firefight breaking out that resulted in the off-duty officer being struck.
Fayaz was quickly rushed to the local Brookdale Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition.
Police stated that 38-year-old Randy Jones was taken into custody at a hotel located out in Rockland County this past Monday in connection with the ordeal. Charges were still pending as of press time.
#BREAKING | The off-duty NYPD officer, 26, shot Saturday in an attempted robbery has died, law enforcement sources said. Officer Adeed Fayaz, 26, was fighting for his life yesterday. Now, sources say he has succumbed to his injuries. pic.twitter.com/gf6fXz1yWC
— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) February 7, 2023
“We wanted him to know what he did to that officer and that officer’s cuffs were on him,” expressed NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig in a statement that was released this past Tuesday, as reported by local outlet NBC New York. “I think it sends a powerful message.”
Police have stated that Jones had a record showing at least three previous arrests, including one from 2014 for a charge of strangulation, read a report from CBS News.
local police officials have stepped up to state that they did not think that the suspect in question actually knew that the intended target of his deadly attempted robbery was actually an off-duty member of the New York City Police Department.
Fayaz is reportedly survived by his widow and his two young children.