The inquiry into various social media accounts led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man in connection with the killing of a rookie NYPD officer in Queens, the police announced.
U.S. Marshals reportedly located Devin Spraggins at a Bronx apartment at around 8 p.m. on Thursday. They discovered a firearm there as well, however, it’s unclear if it played a role in the homicide.
The allegations of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a firearm, and obstruction of government administration were read to him in court on Friday. Spraggins faces many counts of attempted murder, each of which carries a sentence of 40 years to life in prison if he is found guilty.
Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, sat in the front row as the 22-year-old before the court.
Lynch stated, “We know that he pulled that weapon that he admitted to carrying.” “He came clean about being in hiding. He was honest about cutting his hair and styling it differently. The man in the video is identified as him, and he admitted it. It was definitely him, and he did it.”
The incident allegedly occurred aboard an MTA bus on Jamaica Avenue at 160th Street at around 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, and Spraggins was charged with assault.
The bus driver then signaled for help from Officer Brett Boller, 22. Boller was shot in the hip while trying to diffuse the situation aboard the bus.
During a press conference on Friday morning, top NYPD officials detailed the arrest.
At a news conference, the NYPD revealed that they had made an arrest in the shooting death of a new police officer in Queens.
They say that after Spraggins fled the area, he hailed a Lyft and was taken to a residence on 215th Street. The information from the taxi service allowed the police to locate him.
Police obtained a search warrant after learning about the occupants’ social media profiles. During their investigation, police found a pair of shoes inside the residence that they believe belonged to the suspect.
Police say they were able to track him down to a basement apartment in the Wakefield neighborhood of the Bronx by questioning locals and eventually arresting him at 9 o’clock that night.
A 9mm handgun, together with a round casing and magazine, was found. If they match the ballistics of the gun that shot Officer Boller, then they were likely fired from that gun.
“His dad and I have been business partners for the past fifteen years. It’s a feeling I imagine every cop can relate to, knowing his kid was out there doing his job and was shot “said NYPD Detective Division Chief James Essig.
“Despite the incredible efforts of the detective bureau and the force investigation, describing an occurrence in which an officer is shot is notoriously tough. When something like that happens, you feel a whole range of emotions.”
He had surgery at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, and now he must begin the long process of getting better.
He will remain in the hospital for at least a few more days, maybe even into next week, but he is anticipated to make a full recovery.
The shooting cracked one of the hip-leg connection bones, damaging the major blood supply in his leg (the femoral artery). His condition is currently categorized as stable, but he will need to spend months recovering from the injury to his right leg.
Boller’s father is a detective in Brooklyn, and he graduated from high school in Hauppauge in December.
He was a standout athlete and Happaugue High School graduate in 2018.
“He was a three-sport athlete and he captained several of the teams,” Happaugue School District Dr. Don Murphy said. “A young man, he is. As a result, this news is damaging to our society.”
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