Brothers charged in off-duty altercation with NYPD cop

The two brothers, who quarreled during a violent outburst with an off-duty NYPD officer — which ended in a gunshot in the leg — have been charged with the violent, on-camera altercation, police said Thursday .

Shawn Rivera, 27, and Edwin Rivera, 32, were beaten multiple times for assault in connection with Wednesday’s brawl with officer Christopher Campos, assigned to the 81st Precinct in north Brooklyn, authorities and sources said.

The younger brother is also at risk of strangulation injuries following the chaos in broad daylight on Queens Boulevard and 70th Street in Elmhurst, police said.

The riot happened around 12:50 p.m. when Campos – who was driving his private vehicle – collided with Edwin, whose white minivan was blocking the road, NYPD detective chief Jeffrey Maddrey told reporters on Wednesday.

Campos was able to avoid the minivan and continued on his way until both drivers met again, Maddrey said at a news conference.

The two exchanged words a second time – after which Shawn allegedly ran behind the cop’s car and smashed the window, authorities said.

Shawn Rivera is marched from the 108th Precinct in Long Island City.
Shawn Rivera, 27, has been charged with strangulation and assault in connection with the broad daylight skirmish.
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“At that point it was off-duty [officer] “The man got out of his vehicle, posed as a police officer, pointed his gun at the two men and announced that the man was under arrest for smashing his window,” Maddrey said.

Messy video obtained by The Post shows the officer holding the brothers at gunpoint as he orders: “Get on the floor bro! I’m a police officer.”

He is then heard calling for help over the phone while one of the men taunts him, “Point that gun at me,” and the other repeats, “Shoot me!” Shoot that damn gun!”

Edwin Rivera, 32, being taken away by the 108th Precinct in Long Island City.
Edwin faces charges of assault, among other counts of rape.
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“You thought you were tough!” According to the footage, Shawn screams. “I’m tougher than you. You tried to run over me! … That’s why I hit that shit!”

Maddrey said Campos was holstering his gun and trying to hold down one of the men while he was waiting for police to arrive when the two “got into an argument.”

During the scuffle, “the other man steps up from behind the officer, chokes him, and they both start fighting the officer,” Maddrey continued.

“They both hit the officer. They hit the officer. Eventually they push them onto one [car]. They’re trying to unholster his gun and take the gun away from him,” Maddrey said.

Campos held both brothers at gunpoint and ordered,
Campos held both brothers at gunpoint and ordered, “Get on the floor bro! I’m a police officer,” the video shows.
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The video shows Shawn screaming, “I didn’t do anything! I didn’t do anything!” during the skirmish, adding, “You’re not going to threaten me with a gun.”

Campos grabbed his gun while “trying to hold the gun steady,” and all three men then “went to the ground,” Maddrey told reporters.

The brothers “were on top of our officer and continued to punch and kick him – whereupon a bullet was fired.” [officer’s] gun,” said the boss.

At that moment, Edwin, who was shot in the hand, is seen running away, leaving Shawn to confront Campos on the street.

According to Maddrey and the footage, the two brothers pushed the officer into a car.
According to Maddrey and the footage, the two brothers pushed the officer into a car.
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As the two continued fighting, a second shot was fired, hitting the off-duty officer in the left thigh, Maddrey said. This shot is not recorded in the footage.

“At this point, the man is lying on top of our officer and our officer is lying motionless,” the boss said.

The footage shows the moment the police arrive when Shawn is heard screaming “He shot my brother!” before handcuffing him.

Police officers later arrested Edwin at a local hospital, where he had come in alone, authorities said.

Campos was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center and will survive.

“I had the opportunity to visit our officer,” Maddrey said Wednesday. “He’s in a good mood.”

The brothers were fighting with Campos on the ground when a bullet went off, police officers said.
The brothers were fighting with Campos on the ground when a bullet went off, police officers said.
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In addition to assault and strangulation, Shawn was also charged with two counts of attempted possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, obstruction of government administration and resisting arrest, police said.

Edwin faces two counts of attempted possession of a weapon and one count of obstructing government administration, in addition to the assault, police said.

Both charges were pending in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday.

According to police, Edwin has already had four arrests and Shawn has had two.

According to sources, they were arrested for assault in late June 2019. But that case was sealed and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office had no information as of Wednesday.

“We are grateful that our brother is recovering, but this incident highlights the dangerous environment on our streets, not just for police officers but for all New Yorkers,” Patrick Hendry, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in a statement Wednesday .

“These two repeat offenders didn’t think twice about attacking a police officer and trying to take his gun from him. What happens when our dysfunctional justice system spits them back out on the streets?”


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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