Newly released video shows a gun dealer shooting a Yonkers cop at close range inside a bodega – moments before the shooter was killed by a returning FBI agent.
Bryant Jackson, 28, is seen in footage from Wednesday reaching up in his hoodie and firing a shot that hits undercover Detective Brian Menton in the gut and knocks him to the ground, footage released Thursday showed.
Menton, 47, was due to retire next week after a 27-year career. He remained hospitalized Thursday in critical but stable condition after sustaining injuries to his kidneys, intestines and colon, officials said.
Menton was part of the Westchester County Street Safety Task Force that was investigating illegal firearms near the exterior of the Elm Street bodega around 2:10 p.m., officials said.
Surveillance footage shows Jackson and two other men entering the bodega. At one point Jackson appears to show the gun to the others – although the gun is not clearly visible in the footage.
One of the other men appears to notice the detective and other members of the Westchester County Street Safety Multi-Agency Task Force arrive outside the bodega. When the authorities enter, Jackson heads for the exit but Menton raises his arm to prevent the suspect from getting out.
It was then that Jackson seemed to retract and open fire.
Edited video released Thursday by the Yonkers Police Department shows an FBI agent raising his gun but does not show him firing the fatal shot that struck Jackson in the head.
Officials said Jackson’s gun got stuck when it snagged on the fabric inside the sweater.
“Now that’s speculation, but that’s what we think happened and thank God it got stuck,” Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said at a conference call. press unveiling the images on Thursday.
Menton’s twin brother, James Menton, an NYPD officer with the same task force, got the injured detective into his car and rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, the Yonkers PBA chairman said. , Keith Olson, at lohud.com.
The action likely saved the injured cop’s life, Olson told the outlet.
Cops recovered at least four firearms during the operation, including a phantom gun, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said. The other two men, both from Georgia, who allegedly worked with Jackson now face federal charges.
Bryce Martin, 23, and Xavier Simms, 22, have been charged with conspiracy to traffic firearms from Georgia to New York, prosecutors said.
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