By Forum Staff
A Flushing resident has been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for shooting at two plainclothes NYPD Housing Officers, who were canvassing the Baisley Houses in Jamaica, Queens, on October 28, 2016.
“Police work is often a thankless and dangerous job,” said acting DA John M. Ryan. “These officers were protecting the building’s residents when they happened upon the defendant, who boldly pointed a pistol at them and fired a handgun. The defendant’s callous actions could have killed the two officers or any resident in the vicinity of the gunfire. The sentence meted out by the Court today is more than warranted given the nature of this senseless act of gun violence.”
The defendant was identified as Jamel Ethridge, 40, of Flushing, Queens. In March, Ethridge was convicted at trial of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Deborah Stevens Modica, who presided at trial, sentenced the defendant to 25 years in prison on the attempted murder conviction, 15 years for illegally possessing a weapon and ordered those sentences to run consecutively and to begin after Ethridge completes the 7 years he is currently serving on a previous weapons conviction.
According to the charges, NYPD Lieutenant Melody Robinson and Police Officer Rafi Mashriqi were patrolling the Baisley Houses when they saw the defendant outside of the Guy R. Brewer Boulevard complex at around 9:30 p.m. on October 28, 2016 Ethridge rushed into the building, aimed the firearm at the officers and pulled the trigger. The police responded by discharging their weapons, hitting him in the leg.
After being struck by one of the officer’s bullets, Ethridge attempted to flee the scene and tossed the gun down a trash chute. Police later located the weapon – a loaded 9 mm handgun – inside of the building’s trash compactor.
Trial records show that the defendant’s fingerprint was found near the trigger of the firearm and his DNA was also present on the gun.