WHITESTONE — A retired NYPD officer fatally shot a man robbing patrons at gunpoint inside a Queens pub early Monday, police said.
The 69-year-old officer, whose name wasn't immediately released, was hanging out inside the Parkside Pub at 24-14 149th St., near Willets Point Boulevard, around 3:53 a.m. when Andrew McClean, 24, tried to rob the bar at gunpoint, police said.
McClean took money from the bar's register, off the bar and from other patrons, an NYPD spokesman said.
Then the retired officer, who is licensed to carry a gun, drew his weapon and shot McClean in the head, killing him, police said.
McClean, who lived in Flushing, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
He had an open case for a Jan. 29 drug arrest at the time of his death, according to court records. Officers arrested him and another man for criminal possession of a controlled substance after they were found with 104 glassine bags of heroin, eight bags of oxycodone and two bags of Xanax at the Flushing Grand Hotel at 36-38 Main St.
The retired officer left the NYPD in 1975 on disability after seven years on the force, a law enforcement source told DNAinfo New York.
There were no immediate arrests in the shooting Monday, an NYPD spokesman said.
Additional reporting by Julia Bottles.