A five-year NYPD veteran and father of two died Tuesday from a bullet fired during a bungled Brooklyn armed robbery attempt in which the young cop was shot in the head, police said.
Officer Adeed Fayaz was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital after the Saturday evening off-duty shooting and died there Tuesday, officials announced. He joined the department in 2017 and was assigned to Brooklyn’s 66th Precinct.
Family members and fellow officers gathered at his bedside in recent days, praying for a miracle while bracing for the worst. The young cop was listed in critical condition upon arriving at the facility after a car sale scam led to his death, allegedly at the hands of a recidivist criminal.
A family friend on the scene Tuesday said the officer was the father of two sons.
Despite “Herculean” efforts by medical staff, Fayaz’s family made the difficult decision to take him off life support Tuesday afternoon, according to Lynch.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell remembered Fayaz as “a father, a husband, a son and a protector of our great city.”
“Our department deeply mourns his passing, and his family and loved ones are in our prayers,” she said in a statement.
“No one has one bad thing to say about him,” said an officer who graduated from the Police Academy with Fayaz. “He’s a great person.”
Retired NYPD Officer Ahmen Nasser, who became friends with the young cop through the Muslim Officers Society, had a message for the killer as he waited at the hospital.
“I hope you rot in hell,” said the 57-year-old Nasser. “What can you say about a police officer? It’s someone who dedicated their life to serve and protect. And he’s family man. A good man. He will be dearly missed.”
The accuser killer was arrested with the late cop’s handcuffs when taken into custody Monday for the cold-blooded killing during the furious exchange of gunfire in an alley where the men were supposed to close a Facebook Marketplace deal on a Honda Pilot. Fayaz’s brother in-law escaped the wild shootout without injury.
“When it hits home, everyone comes together,” said a police officer at the hospital. “It’s always the innocent.”
Fayaz’s neighbors in Deer Park, L.I., were stunned at the shooting.
“It’s terrible. I think it should’ve never happened,” said a 47-year-old neighbor who gave his name as Sean.
“My prayers go out to the family. It’s just a devastation. It’s sad that our cops these days get in these situations.”
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