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Once in the secluded area on Brookhaven Avenue near Beach 25th Street, Bullock allegedly shot Smith in the chest.
By Forum Staff
A borough grand jury on Monday returned an indictment charging a Far Rockaway man with murder, kidnapping, and other crimes for allegedly shooting and killing a man following a brawl in Far Rockaway in August 2018, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Joaquin Bullock, 32, was arraigned on an eight-count indictment charging him with first-and second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and third-degree attempted assault. Bullock was remanded and ordered to return to court on May 1.
According to the indictment, shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, surveillance cameras captured Bullock arguing with a group of men on Beach 25th Street near Brookhaven Avenue. A scuffle ensued and later ended with Bullock allegedly punching the victim—Dion Smith—and another unidentified man. As the crowd surrounding the fight disbursed, Bullock threatened to return to the scene.
According to the charges, Brown said, approximately 30 minutes later, surveillance video shows Bullock returning to the scene. Shortly after his arrival, Bullock is alleged to have grabbed and dragged Smith, 28, to a secluded location around the corner from where the men had fought. While being forcibly removed, Smith attempted to resist Bullock. Once in the secluded area on Brookhaven Avenue, Bullock allegedly shot the victim in the chest. Smith died as a result of his injuries. Bullock fled the scene and was later apprehended in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the district attorney noted.
“The victim’s life was tragically cut short as a result of this senseless act of gun violence. The defendant is alleged to have purposefully retrieved a gun and shot the victim—a fellow Far Rockaway resident—in cold blood following a dispute. The defendant now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison for his alleged actions,” Brown added.
If convicted, Bullock faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.