Alleged Cop Shooter Surrendered After Weeks on the Lam
By Dan Rivoli on September 10, 2012 8:27am |
QUEENS — A man who had evaded authorities for weeks after allegedly shooting a cop in Jamaica last month surrendered Sunday.
Accompanied by his lawyer, John Thomas, 24, turned himself in to NYPD detectives about 7 p.m. at a Jamaica parking lot on Liberty Avenue and Merrick Boulevard, police said.
He was charged Monday with second-degree attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree assault, police said.
Bier, a 15-year NYPD veteran who was patrolling Jamaica in plainclothes with his partner, was shot in each leg while in pursuit of a suspicious man on a bicycle who fled when the officers tried to make a stop.
Thomas, who was riding along 107th Avenue, had fled through an alley alongside Union Hall Street, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at the time.
When Thomas encountered Bier around 106-20 Union Hall St., he fired four shots from his .9-mm Ruger at the officer, hitting him twice in the legs. Bier had returned fire with six shots, according to NYPD.