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Police Renew Push to Find Killers of U.S. Customs Officer

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | March 26, 2014 3:24pm
 Police said the witness gave them a description of one of the three gunmen.
Police said the witness gave them a description of one of the three gunmen.
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QUEENS — Nearly four years after Maurice Gordon, an off-duty customs officer, was shot to death in front of his parents' house in Jamaica, police are renewing their push to catch his killer.

Investigators say they have made no significant progress in the case of Gordon's murder and are looking to the public to help identify one of the suspects based on a sketch.

On June 21, 2010, Gordon, who lived in Freeport, L.I. and worked at Kennedy Airport, was staying at his parents' home on 118th Avenue, near Long Street.

According to published reports, he decided to spend the night in Jamaica because he had to be at work early the next morning.

He and his cousin, who was visiting from the island of Jamaica, had just returned from a nightclub in Elmont, L.I., police said.

They were standing outside of the house about 4:25 a.m., when a black SUV drove up and three men began to shoot at them from the car, police said.

Gordon drew his service weapon and exchanged gunfire with the men, the NYPD said.

After a bullet struck Gordon in his chest, the suspects fled in an unknown direction. Gordon was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries about an hour later, police said.

Police believe that a man who tried to dance with Gordon’s cousin, but was rejected by her, might be the killer, according to published reports.

Gordon, who was 33 at the time of his death, had two children, including one who was born after he died.

There is a $22,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction offered by the Mayor’s Office, the NYPD and Crime Stoppers.

After the shooting, police released a sketch of one of the suspects. The man is described as being thin, between 28 and 32 years old. He is approximately 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall with black wavy hair.

Anyone with information in regards to this case is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.