The argument and shooting took place inside Frenasia Asian Bistro near the intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and 164th Avenue in Howard Beach last summer.
By Forum Staff
A retired City police officer has been indicted for allegedly shooting a man in the back following a verbal dispute last June in a Howard Beach restaurant, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz recently announced.
Dwayne Chandler, 53, of Staten Island, has been arraigned on a five-count indictment charging him with two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree, and two counts of reckless endangerment. Bail was set at $20,000 cash/$10,000 bond, which was posted. Chandler was ordered to return to court on Feb. 4.
According to the charges, at approximately 7:10 p.m. on June 23, 2020, Chandler was inside Frenasia Asian Bistro near the intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and 164th Avenue when he became embroiled in a verbal dispute with another man. Chandler then allegedly pulled out a gun and fired. The bullet missed the man he was arguing with and struck a 31-year-old bystander in the back.
Police responding to the scene arrested the defendant and recovered a black 9mm firearm. The victim was hospitalized, and as a result of the shooting suffers from paralysis in his legs.
“The defendant in this case, a retired police officer, endangered people when he allegedly tried to settle an argument between himself and another person by firing his gun in a busy restaurant,” Katz said. “The bullet struck a bystander in the back – thankfully, the victim survived. The defendant now faces serious charges.”
If convicted, Chandler faces up to 25 years in prison.