Brian Moore, the police officer who was shot in the face two days ago, has died.
The 25 year old was gunned down in Queens while inside an unmarked police car with another officer.
The suspect, who was on foot, allegedly opened fire on the police officers when they tried to follow him.
He had been in a coma after undergoing brain surgery, but was pronounced dead at a hospital in Queens today, with his family at his bedside, including a father, uncle and cousin who were police officers.
Police Commissioner William Bratton announced his death yesterday evening saying, “He proved himself to be an exceptional young officer” while noting that Mr Moore had made more than 150 arrests in less than five years on the job and earned meritorious service medals.
A 35 year old man, Demetrius Blackwell, was arrested in connection with the shooting and appeared in court yesterday charged with attempted murder, likely now to be upgraded to murder.
Mr Blackwell did not enter a plea and the next court date has been set for Friday.
In a statement yesterday evening, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “The shooting of Officer Brian Moore over the weekend was a deplorable act of violence that has robbed New York of one of its finest.”
Mr Moore hailed from an Irish-American police family from Long Island and had joined the force in 2010.
He is the fifth police officer to be shot in New York and the third to die in the past five months.