Shot NYPD hero tears up ex-convict’s release with ex-NFL player’s help as ‘absolutely insane’

The heroic NYPD detective who was allegedly shot by an ex-convict – only to watch the suspect be rescued with the help of a former NFL player – calls the situation “absolutely insane”.

“It’s the icing on the cake of the worst New York crime imaginable — a cop being shot,” wounded Detective Dominick Libretti, 34, told a pal who recounted the conversation to the Post Monday.

“And the [accused shooter] walking around?

“I think the whole thing is absolutely insane,” Libretti, who has about 40% sensation in his right leg from the Staten Island shooting in January, told his friend.

40-year-old ex-con Nelson Pizarro – who has seven previous arrests under his belt – is accused of shooting Libretti during a drug raid at his home.

Pizarro was not the target of the arrest but is said to have shot the detective with a 9mm Beretta from a bedroom.

Libretti was hailed as a hero for using his ballistic shield to save his team from the barrage of gunfire.

NYPD detective released from hospital after shooting.
Detective Dominick Libretti will be released from hospital in January.
Stephen Jeremiah

His alleged shooter was being held on $5 million bail until Wednesday when supporters, including former Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant, helped pay his $500,000 bail.

Pizarro’s lawyer told the Post that his client is confined at home.

Law enforcement sources say they’ve only been able to determine that Grant and Pizarro are friends, although it’s unclear how the friends met.

“I find [Grant] is pretty crazy putting it on his name — to sully his own name,” Libretti told his friend of the former gridder’s contribution to the suspect’s bail.

“At the end of the day, I don’t care how close they are. It’s not like [Pizarro] called and said, “Hey man, I had one [drunken-driving bust] last night.’ This guy shot a cop,” Libretti claimed.

Former NFL player paid bail.
Former Green Bay packer Ryan Grant helped pay the ex-convict’s $500,000 bail in cash.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“You know, even if you read the comments on Instagram and Facebook, people are like, ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ — like there’s enough detail in the paper to say what this guy really did,” claimed the injured officer to his friend.

“To the [Grant] assist [Pizarro] is crazy to me.”

Libretti is doing physical therapy and “very concerned and concerned that this guy is free after what he’s done,” the friend said, citing the injured officer.

“The nerve damage is pretty bad, especially now that it’s getting cold,” the cop said to his buddy.

Ex-Convict Arrested in Detective Shootout.
Ex-con Nelson Pizarro was arrested in the shooting of the detective during a drug bust.

“It caused me a problem. … Small things like stubbing your toe feel like a big brick fell on my foot instead of just stubbing your toe.”

Grant has not returned repeated messages from The Post for comment. Pizarro could not be reached. Shot NYPD hero tears up ex-convict’s release with ex-NFL player’s help as ‘absolutely insane’


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