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NYC man hid gun in teddy bear after shooting police officer: prosecutors

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The ex-convict who allegedly opened fire on an off-duty police officer this week after an accident in Upper Manhattan later hid the gun in a teddy bear in a child’s bed, according to federal prosecutors.

The male officer was driving to work — crossing the Macombs Dam Bridge from the Bronx into Manhattan — around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday — when 26-year-old Jamar Baker rammed his Ford SUV into the officer’s private vehicle multiple times in Manhattan, according to federal prosecutors.

Baker then pulled his car next to the officer’s car, spat at him and hurled an unspecified insult, according to a criminal complaint.

As both motorists drove on, Baker allegedly fired a gun at the officer, hitting the front bumper and tire of his car at West 155th Street and Edgecombe Avenue, the complaint said.

The officer was not injured and did not return fire, police said.

Police later recovered two .380 caliber shell casings from the street, the complaint said.

Baker drove away in an SUV with New Jersey license plates but was later picked up in Brooklyn, authorities said.

According to the federal complaint, law enforcement identified his car from photos taken by the license plate reader.

Officers then searched an apartment Baker went to immediately after the shooting – and found a pistol stuck in a teddy bear in a cot, the court document said.

The weapon matched the caliber of the shell casings found at the scene, the complaint said.

Baker, of the Bronx, appeared before federal judge Barbara C. Moses on Thursday.

According to prosecutors, he was charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony and possession of ammunition after being convicted of a felony.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars.

At the time of the shooting, Baker was under federal surveillance in connection with a 2014 robbery conspiracy conviction for which he was serving about five years in prison, prosecutors said.

“For no apparent reason, Jamar Baker allegedly decided to get into an argument with an innocent driver on his way to work,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement.

“He was unaware that the victim we are claiming he harassed and shot at is an NYPD officer who was on his way to the precinct to start his shift. Not only did the random attack and senseless criminal behavior put the officer in danger, but we also allege that Mr. Baker hid the gun in a child’s toy and placed it back in the cot. Mr. Baker will now face federal jurisdiction over his reckless actions.”

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said that “gun violence affects all New Yorkers — including NYPD police officers, both on and off duty.”

“The NYPD and our law enforcement partners at the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York pledge to use all available resources to ensure criminals are always fully held accountable for their reckless actions,” the chief officer said.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/25/nyc-man-hid-gun-in-teddy-bear-after-shooting-cop-prosecutors/ NYC man hid gun in teddy bear after shooting police officer: prosecutors

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