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Off-Duty Officer Disciplined After Cousin Shoots Accused Mugger, Police Say

 Investigators taped off Sixth Avenue between Prospect Place and Flatbush Avenue as they investigated the shooting.
Investigators taped off Sixth Avenue between Prospect Place and Flatbush Avenue as they investigated the shooting.
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PARK SLOPE — An off-duty police officer whose cousin shot a would-be mugger with his service weapon is facing disciplinary action and an internal investigation, the NYPD said Wednesday.

Officer Khaleef Allicott, who was inaccurately identified as a sergeant in initial reports, has been placed on modified duty and stripped of his gun and badge while the NYPD's Force Investigation Division looks into Tuesday's shooting near Sixth Avenue and Prospect Place, police said.

Allicott, 27, was placed on modified duty because investigators found a small amount of marijuana in his car, sources said. He's been with the NYPD five years and currently assigned to the 71st Precinct.

The shooting happened shortly after Allicott and his cousin, Travis Dominique, left Bleachers sports bar at 240 Flatbush Ave. about 12:30 a.m. with two women, police sources said.

Two muggers armed with a black gun confronted Allicott and tried to steal a gold chain he was wearing, a witness told investigators, police sources said. During the confrontation, Dominique grabbed Allicott's service weapon from the locked trunk of Allicott's car and fired it, hitting one of the muggers in the right leg, police sources said.

Police identified the mugger who was shot as Augusta Clay, 34. He was charged with attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Clay was due to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon or evening, a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney's office said.

Officers initially arrested Dominique and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon, but the NYPD later voided the arrest and sealed the record, sources said.

Clay fled the scene of the shooting and walked into New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope at 1 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Clay's accomplice also left the scene of the shooting and investigators were looking for him on Wednesday.

The shooting happened about a block from the 78th Precinct stationhouse, however Allicott is assigned to the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights.

The shooting rattled local residents, who voiced concerns about Bleachers when Community Board 6 reviewed the bar's liquor license application in 2014, according to meeting minutes.

311 records show nearly 20 complaints about noise from the bar so far this year.

Community Board 6 district manager Craig Hammerman said neighbors have long complained about a slew of "loud and rowdy" bars on Flatbush Avenue near Barclays Center.
 
"The area in general has become an attraction for all sorts of night life that's not necessarily in keeping with the neighbors' quality of life standards," Hammerman said. "People are scared and angry."

Witnesses said they heard four shots on Tuesday morning. One bullet hit the window of a brownstone on Prospect Place.

"It was frightening," said 69-year-old neighbor Mike Edelman on Tuesday. "I was frightened and furious. It's normally a beautiful, quiet neighborhood."

Clay initially told New York Methodist Hospital staff that he had been struck by a stray bullet in Park Slope, sources said.

However, shootings are rare in the neighborhood. There was one shooting reported in the 78th Precinct in 2015, according to NYPD statistics, and there were no shootings reported there this year prior to Tuesday's incident.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton declined to discuss the shooting at an unrelated press conference on Wednesday, saying that he didn't know enough about the incident.