A retired New York Police Department officer died on Monday after he was shot in the torso during a confrontation outside a Brooklyn pizzeria, the police said.
The 57-year-old officer and a retired corrections officer, also in his 50s, confronted a 33-year-old man who had been arguing with an 86-year-old man in the Kensington area of Brooklyn, Deputy Chief Joseph Gulotta of the Brooklyn South Detective Borough told reporters on Monday night.
After the dispute turned physical, the former corrections officer fired a shot that hit the former police officer in the torso and struck the younger man in the arm, Chief Gulotta said.
The retired police officer later died at Maimonides Medical Center, he added, and the younger man was in stable condition there as of Monday night. Chief Gulotta declined to name the retired police officer until his family had been notified. The police also did not identify the other men involved.
The confrontation, which took place near Church Avenue and East Third Street in an area dotted with restaurants and small shops, was reported to the police around 7 p.m.
Alex Saied, who owns a delicatessen across the street from where the shooting took place, said that he ran into the street on Monday night after hearing a commotion. The former police officer “was on the floor,” he said. The former corrections officer, who also lives in the neighborhood, was holding the 33-year-old man as he bled from his arm, he added.
The dead man had been a regular customer who liked to chat about food and baseball, Mr. Saied said.
Alan Dubrow, a former neighborhood community board chairman in Kensington, said that the former police officer had been active in local charities and would often bring baked goods to police functions.
“It’s amazing,” Mr. Dubrow said late Monday near the crime scene, as a police helicopter buzzed overhead. “You spend all those years on the force, retire, and get shot.”