Attorneys Set to Deliver Closing Arguments in Det. Brian Moore Murder Trial

Demetrius Blackwell fatally shot the 25-year-old cop in a split second confrontation

The young officer, who was also the son, nephew and cousin of cops, and his partner were in street clothes in an unmarked vehicle on May 2, 2015 when they tried to question Blackwell, who was suspected of carrying a handgun.

A Queens man has been found guilty of murder and other charges in the slaying of a 25-year-old NYPD officer gunned down in his patrol vehicle, right next to his partner, two and a half years ago.

Moore's father, Raymond Moore, a retired NYPD detective sergeant, nodded his head in approval as the first-degree murder verdict was announced. "He said, 'Yeah, I got something!' and he turned right towards the vehicle and shot Brian". He faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. According to the criminal complaint, based on details provided by Jansen, he and Moore "drove slowly alongside [the suspect], Demetrius Blackwell, and inquired as to what he possessed in the waistband of his trousers".

Brian Moore, 25, was on routine patrol in a residential Queens neighborhood on May 2, 2015 when prosecutors say he saw Blackwell acting suspiciously and fidgeting with his waistband.

The officers, members of the 105th Precinct's elite Anti-Crime Unit, were on patrol in street clothes and an unmarked vehicle on May 2, 2015.


He died two days later at a hospital. Jansen testified that Moore asked Blackwell if he "got something" on him.

Queens Executive Assistant District Attorney Daniel Saunders said the case was complicated and included dense testimony, but judging from the speed of the verdict, he said, jurors understood it.

Within seconds, the officer said, Blackwell pulled out a handgun and fired at Moore twice, striking him once in the head. "At the end of the day there was justice done for Brian's killing, but it is a hole, and it is a void that will never, ever be filled".

Jurors found Demetrius Blackwell, 37, guilty on all counts in connection with the death of Police Officer Brian Moore and the attempted murder of his partner, Police Officer Eric Jansen, who was not hurt in the shooting.

His defense lawyer argued that cops arrested the wrong man and that he was so mentally deranged he could not be held responsible for murder.

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