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Officer: Suspect Shot 23 Times Ignited 46-Bullet Storm By Firing First

Officer: Suspect Shot 23 Times Ignited 46-Bullet Storm By Firing First

Angel Alvarez, who survived 23 bullet wounds, in court earlier this week. [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

August 19, 2010

NEW YORK CITY – An NYPD officer who opened fire during a Harlem melee told fellow cops a suspect who ended up with 23 bullet wounds shot first.

“The guy shot at me,” Officer Douglas Brightman told Sgt. Brian Duffy moments after the Aug. 8 shooting, a source said. “And I fired back.”

A second cop, Sgt. Philip Terpos, said Brightman told him the same story: “He shot at me.”

Brightman, who fired two 9-mm. bullets, was referring to Angel Alvarez, an ex-con who cops say wrestled away a revolver during a dispute with a rival and then started shooting.

Four cops then fired a total of 46 shots. Alvarez’s fight rival Luis Soto was killed, and three bystanders and two other cops were hit by gunfire.

While police arrested Alvarez, 24, for attempted murder, prosecutors did not seek to arraign him on that charge this week, citing lack of evidence.

Sources said prosecutors plan to upgrade charges after they strike an immunity agreement for grand jury testimony by police officers who say they saw Alvarez fire on cops.

Brightman has not yet given a statement to NYPD investigators.

Duffy and Terpos are two of 23 cops on the scene who did not fire their weapons and who were interviewed.

Their accounts, in combination with the accounts of civilian witnesses, form a still-developing narrative of the bloody chaos on Lenox Ave.

Matthew Galluzzo, Alvarez’s lawyer, contends that what Brightman told the sergeants lacks credibility because “his badge is on the line.”

“Police have given different stories throughout this case,” Galluzzo said. “They’ve been all over the map. It makes it clear they don’t know what happened.”

He claims Alvarez never fired the gun and was shot twice by Soto, 21, before cops repeatedly plugged him.

Another police witness, Officer Railya Frias, told investigators that he saw Alvarez run out of a playground and confront Soto.

The two men “squared off” like they were going to fight, and as Frias approached, he heard two shots ring out – followed seconds later by a fusillade of dozens of shots, sources said.

The NYPD, the Manhattan district attorney’s office and lawyers for the cops had no comment.

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    Jimvg

    almost 4 years ago

    440 Comments

    Shot 23 times and did not die. These criminals are armored cockroaches, they cannot be exterminated.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50490 Comments

    Bump Retleo

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    WOW !!!! Shot 23 times, and he's still hangin' around ??

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    Retleo

    almost 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Their accounts, in combination with the accounts of civilian witnesses, form a still-developing narrative of the bloody chaos on Lenox Ave.
    “Police have given different stories throughout this case,” Galluzzo said. “They’ve been all over the map. It makes it clear they don’t know what happened.”
    Quite interesting, you take any situation like this and interview the numerous people either involved or who witnessed it and you will almost always get a dozen or more different versions of what happened. People see the incident from their own perspective, location, and emotional status. Any comments about the situation from a Defense Attorney carry little or no weight because they are just attempting to set the stage for their court trial. No need for Monday Morning Quarterbacking here, just let the investigation and the trial run its course. As for the Sharptons, etc.....as usual they should be ignored. They are little more than race- baiters and media whores who offer no real assistance to the communities that they claim to represent!

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    uncledennis1

    almost 4 years ago

    23296 Comments

    Amazing

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    ilegworldchamp

    almost 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Time to re-train with sling shots and pee shooters !

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    wasimtiger1

    almost 4 years ago

    274 Comments

    wow. i believe those cops need to practice shooting . cops should be using 40s and 45s calibre instead of 9mm

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    tamra

    almost 4 years ago

    944 Comments

    and I'm GLAD he's alive, because had he died, the city would have been shut down over silly protests, this guy would have become a "community" hero and instant saint regardless of everything done wrong (cough-Sean Bell-cough) with a portion of a street named in his honor (cough-Sean Bell-cough-drug dealer-cough-drunk driver-cough). yeah, Sharpton led communities strive to honor the best of the best!

    wondering: what's the ETA on streets named after all the local soldiers who have died in Iraq & Afghanistan or even Terrence Balkisoon who was on military leave from Iraq and gunned down but don't snitch went into effect immediately after his PUBLIC murder outside a crowded nightclub?? I guess the city will get around to it after they discover he's a drunk driving, drug dealer who tried to run over cops. *bitter party of 1, table's ready!*

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    tstanfill63

    almost 4 years ago

    1508 Comments

    It's hard to kill a cockroach.

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    tamra

    almost 4 years ago

    944 Comments

    what's astonishing about this: a neighbor comes out and immediately says "I don't understand why police had to shoot 46 times. why so many bullets?" what she SHOULD HAVE SAID: "I don't understand why either of them had an illegal gun and brought it to a party, and what did the girl they were fighting over look like?"

    great leadership, Sharpton, who's said nothing about this incident regarding illegal gun at an event where "community" was trying to have a good time.

    residents overlook murders, rapes, robberies, stabbing and hard core drug dealing w/ "don't snitch" as the norm and see police as a problem for their "community", if "community" is what you want to call it. I guess it is a community, because the following day: protests against NYPD 8-/

    and living in the area, I can TRULY say if either man had shot and killed each other, all the people present at the time wouldn't have said *anything* except maybe, "oh well, that's how it is in the 'hood". really? by choice, huh? yup, community.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    23 bullet wounds and he is standing in court??? He must have been hit in the arms, legs, and grazed a bunch of times.......... The NYPD carries the speer gold dot 124 +P and normally you wouldn't get back up after taking 23 of those.........

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    I spoke with a neighbor about just this issue. He said that he's spoken with alot of police officers. Most officers shoot in indoor ranges miss targets more often when they are firing outdoors. This is because they are not used to the sounds of the outside and the different elements; such as wind. There was so much more that he said, but this is just a thought.

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    Wait....he's still alive? How?

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    wiseass0282

    almost 4 years ago

    10982 Comments

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM and he is standing up in Court. Looks like some people need more time on the range.

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    muscarellajoseph

    almost 4 years ago

    1070 Comments

    Sounds like this guy was made into swiss cheese. I can't believe he is alive!

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