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Convicted Killer Shoots Parole Officer; "I'm Just Sorry He's Not Dead"

Convicted Killer Shoots Parole Officer; "I'm Just Sorry He's Not Dead"

Police shut down Schemerhorn Street in Brooklyn where parole officer Samuel Salters was shot Thursday night. [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

April 17, 2010

The remorseless shooter of a Brooklyn parole officer had only two regrets Friday: blowing his point-blank chance to kill the man over an old grudge and walking out of the victim’s office alive.

Robert Morales made a 16-minute videotaped confession where he admitted visiting his parole officer Thursday night with murder on his mind, sources told the Daily News.

Morales said he intended to shoot Samuel Salters in the face, but missed and hit him in the shoulder with his only shot. At one point, a source said, the unrepentant Morales interrupted his confession to look a detective in the eye.

“This is a slam dunk for you guys,” he declared.

A stone-faced Morales wounded Salters before his gun jammed. He was overpowered by armed parole officers without a retaliatory shot.

Morales, led from the 84th Precinct stationhouse in handcuffs, expressed a regret: that Salters was still breathing.

“I’m just sorry he’s not dead,” said a bedraggled Morales, 50, his ponytail dangling over a scraggly blue and white plaid shirt.

“He deserved it,” the goateed suspect said. “He’s an a—hole.”

The shooter was driven off in a police car after his cold-blooded comments.

Friends said Morales intended to murder his by-the-book parole officer before dying himself in a blaze of law enforcement bullets.

Morales gave away his clothes and his Play Station, left a suicide note and packed a 9-mm. Ruger for his meeting with Salters.

“He wanted to kill this dude, and he wanted to die,” lifelong friend Chuck DeJesus said Friday. "He kept saying all week, ’I’m tired. I can’t take this anymore.

“’I’m done.’”

DeJesus, 51, who lived on the same floor of a Brooklyn apartment building as Morales, said his friend was worn out by Salters’ constant attention.

“Robert just snapped,” DeJesus said. “A man can only take so much.”

Salters, 49, underwent four hours of surgery at Bellevue Hospital and suffered a pair of heart attacks, officials said. He was listed in stable condition.

The pair had a grudge going back 4-1/2 years, when Morales questioned Salters’ manhood during an argument in the parole offices.

The uneasy duo was reunited in February when Salters took over Morales’ case. The hard feelings resurfaced, and Morales wrote in his note that he felt pushed to the limit.

“I couldn’t do this another way, but it is what it is,” he wrote. “Done deal.”

More than 40 parole officers cheered after Morales – who killed an 8-year-old boy in a 1977 arson fire – was ordered held without bail.

Morales’ brother insisted Salters put too much pressure on the parolee. “Everyone knew this parole officer was harassing my brother,” he said.

Other parolees described Salters as tough but fair. “He’s a nice guy, but he lets you know he’s the man,” said Orlando Nieves, 54.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This POS shouldn't be breathing.

  • Online-photo-sharing-gallery-animal-cat-cougar-artct45_max160_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm just glad he decided to kill the PO in his office and not wait for a home visit. If he had, the outcome would have been far different. This is why we love our brothers in blue so much. Ya'll are always there to back us up when we need you !!! Good job to the fellow PO's who were able to restrain this POS until the uniforms could get there ! Speedy recovery to Officer Salters and one less heathernasswontbehave on the streets !!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Throw him in solitary for the rest of his life. Not Ad-Seg, Solitary. No visitors, no nothing. Let this dirtbag turn to pulp, or at least whatever's inside the Brain-Housing Group - we know there's nothing worthwhile there.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    How about returning the favor one shot is all it takes to cure this man!

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm just sorry this POS is still breathing

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What a POS

  • Thumb_skulls_20_16__max50


    over 4 years ago


    A shame his second wish could not have come true...body bag for him...Hope the PO gets well soon

  • Headshot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He's right, it was a slam dunk case.

  • The_wall_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Morales just wants to return to his element, among other scumbags. He had his free shot (pardon the pun) at returning to normal life, he decided he is still a scumbag. Let's see if this lowlife will plead guilty when he is in court, he is the type that would recant his conffesion as a forced statement, even if it is on video. Let this asshole man up plead guilty and punch his ticket north to Attica. A speedy recovery to Parole Officer Samuel Salters, a man just doing his job.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I don't wanna see him on the streets Ever either. But, having worked in the prison, that's not a good place for him either. Fire the chair back up and save us law abiding citizens some money. Glad the officer is stable.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    A speedy recovery to the PO and I hope this POS gets whats coming to him.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    If you can't take being on Parole/ probation we have a nice little place where you can be monitored 24/7. Try that on for size scumbag.

  • Pic-0246_max50


    over 4 years ago


    im just sorry morales isnt dead

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This low life Ba$tard should have been doing life for the killing of the child... And if he was where he should have been, the Parole Officer wouldn't have had to deal with this a$$wipe..!!

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