Harlem Man's Death From 26-Year-Old Gunshot Wound Ruled a Homicide

By Jeff Mays on June 17, 2011 12:34pm | Updated on June 16, 2011 6:55pm

Jonathon Brown, 45, who was shot 26 years ago, died in April. His death was ruled a homicide.
Jonathon Brown, 45, who was shot 26 years ago, died in April. His death was ruled a homicide.
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By Jeff Mays and Leslie Albrecht

DNAinfo Staff

HARLEM — A Harlem man who was shot 26 years ago in an unsolved attack has died of his injuries, and his death is being ruled a murder.

Jonathon Brown, 45, was shot in 1985 near West 125th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. He was paralyzed by the gunfire.

According to the Medical Examiner's office, Brown died April 21, 2011 of "septic complications of paraplegia due to a gunshot injury of the spinal cord." He was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

"He did get shot in 1985 and he did die this year," a police source told DNAinfo.

Because the shooting was the cause of the injuries that led to his death, it was listed as a homicide by the Medical Examiner's office.

Police say no one was ever arrested or charged in the now cold case murder. There are also currently no suspects.

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