NYPD fired fatal shot in Inwood drug sting confrontation: sources

Preliminary findings show that an NYPD detective fired the fatal shot in an undercover drug operation that ended fatally, sources said.

One drug dealer was killed and another was set to face federal charges after Friday night’s chaos on Vermilyea Avenue in Inwood.

The shooting occurred during the undercover sting conducted by a longtime joint task force made up of the NYPD, federal agencies, state police and others.

Police officers either met with the two dealers, a 34-year-old man and a 22-year-old man who are believed to be operating from an apartment on the first floor of the building, or made a clandestine drug purchase from them, sources said.

It was the second time the undercover officers had made a “purchase” from or met with the two dealers, who a source described as “major players” in the city’s middle drug trade.

But this time something went wrong, and one of the suspects pulled out a gun and opened fire.

Two firearms seized after the November 18, 2022 shooting.
The shooting happened during an undercover sting operation in Inwood.
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Officers returned fire, killing the 34-year-old and sending terrified residents to their homes.

“My mother was here. She was in the hallway, on the second floor, she said she heard commotion, then she heard gunshots, one after the other, like firecrackers,” said a resident who asked not to be identified. “She stalked everyone in the apartment, shut the door and yelled for everyone to come down. My grandmother fell on the floor. She started calling all the neighbors. One of our neighbors was about to come in when the shooting started.”

Officers recovered two guns and cocaine, a source said. Another source noted that two kilos of white powder had been found and tested to determine if it was cocaine or fentanyl.

There’s been a spate of fentanyl busts around town lately. Last week, authorities grabbed a Washington Heights man with about 20,000 rainbow-colored fentanyl pills. And just days earlier, investigators in the Bronx found a $7 million stash of the drug along with heroin, hidden in a secret compartment on a coffee table.

Inwood Police are shooting exclusive lobby pictures and videos
The shooting took place on Vermilyea Avenue in Inwood.
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Traders had established themselves outside the building at the start of the pandemic, the resident told The Post.

“It was a #1 problem in the building, the guys selling drugs outside. They are there every day. When I take my son to school at 5.6 in the morning, they are there,” said the resident.

The federally funded task force was established in 2005 and includes 15 agencies, including the DEA, Homeland Security, the IRS Criminal Investigation Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and others.

Frank Tarantino, the DEA’s New York office special agent in charge, said the incident occurred during an ongoing drug investigation and should serve as “another example of the link between drugs and gun violence and serve as a reminder of the danger law enforcement encounters each.” Day…”

https://nypost.com/2022/11/19/nypd-fired-fatal-shot-in-inwood-drug-sting-confrontation-sources/ NYPD fired fatal shot in Inwood drug sting confrontation: sources

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