A newly released video shows a gun dealer shooting a Yonkers police officer at close range in a bodega – just before the gunman is killed by an FBI agent returning fire.
Bryant Jackson, 28, can be seen in footage taken Wednesday, reaching into his hooded sweatshirt and firing a shot that hit plainclothes detective Brian Menton in the stomach, sending him falling to the ground, according to footage released Thursday showed.
Menton, 47, was due to retire next week after a 27-year career. He remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition Thursday after sustaining injuries to his kidneys, intestines and colon, officials said.
Menton was part of the Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force that conducted an illegal weapons investigation near the Elm Street Bodega around 2:10 p.m., officials said.
Surveillance footage shows Jackson and two other men entering the bodega. At one point, Jackson appears to show the gun to the others — although the gun isn’t clearly seen in the footage.
One of the other men seems to notice the detective and other members of Westchester County’s interagency safety lanes task force arriving outside the bodega. As authorities enter, Jackson heads for the exit, but Menton raises his arm to stop the suspect from exiting.
Jackson then appears to back off and open fire.
Edited video released Thursday by the Yonkers Police Department shows an FBI agent raising his gun but not firing the fatal shot that hit Jackson in the head.
Officials said Jackson’s gun jammed when it caught in the fabric inside the sweater.
“Well, that’s speculation, but we believe that happened, and thank God it did,” Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said at a news conference unveiling the footage on Thursday.
Menton’s twin brother James Menton, an NYPD officer who is part of the same task force, got the wounded detective in his car and took him to Jacobi Medical Center, Keith Olson, president of Yonkers PBA, told lohud.com.
The action probably saved the life of the wounded police officer, Olson told the news agency.
Police seized at least four weapons, including a ghost gun, during the operation, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York said. The other two men, both from Georgia, who are alleged to have worked with Jackson, now face federal charges.
Bryce Martin, 23, and Xavier Simms, 22, have been charged with conspiring to traffic firearms from Georgia to New York, prosecutors said.
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