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NYPD: Fake fire marshal took gun from station

Associated Press

January 31, 2011

NEW YORK — The New York City police commissioner says a man with a long history of impersonating law enforcement pretended to be a fire marshal, talked his way into a police station and made off with at least one weapon.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly says Ronald DeShields took at least one police weapon from the 105th Precinct in Queens on Jan. 15. He later returned the weapon to a 90th Precinct gun buyback program and got $100 from the department.

He was charged with possessing stolen property. Police say he was also suspected of taking a second weapon missing from the same precinct; that gun has not been located.

DeShields is being held at Rikers Island. It isn’t clear if he has an attorney. —Copyright 2011 Associated Press

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 2 years ago


    it came out that a former sgt that use to work at the 103 give deshields the gun deshields not charged with the 105 just the 103 pct guns. the sgt name is Charles Castro and deshields use to work security for him. it also came out that the jury did not hear that deshields may have had sex with his wife when she was a police officer and he was only a 17 year old aux cop in that same command. she was fired becuase she pose nude in playboy with her nypd s on

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 2 years ago


    Jury clears Queens man of stealing gun from cops' lockersByCHRISTINA CARREGALast Updated: 9:58 PM, October 9, 2012Posted: 7:44 PM, October 9, 2012 A Queens jury today cleared a man who was accused of stealing guns from a precinct’s lockers — even selling one cop’s stolen gun back to the NYPD.Ronald DeShields, was found not guilty after a month-long trial, during which prosecutors claimed he sneaked into the 103rd Precinct last January, swiped a cache of cop paraphernalia, and then sold one weapon to the 90th Precinct in Brooklyn for $100 as part of the “Cash for Guns” program.Prosecutors could not prove that DeShields —actually stole the guns, mace, handcuffs and holsters out of a cop’s locker. “There were too many holes in the case,” said one juror who requested that his name not be used.DeShields videotaped himself selling Capt. Charles Minch’s stolen gun to cops at the Williamsburg station house. But people who turn in weapons to the “Cash for Guns” program can’t be prosecuted.No print was found on the gun he turned in and the second stolen weapon was never found.Prosecutors claimed that one of his fingerprints was on the locker, but they never showed it in court. “There wasn’t enough evidence to find him guilty,” said a female juror.DeShields’ lawyer questioned why fingerprints weren’t double checked against those on file from his prior arrests to ensure that investigators had a true match to the one latent print found on Minch’s locker. “It was very rewarding and satisfying that a jury listened and heard that the police fabricated evidence,” said DeShields’ attorney, Jeff Chabrowe. The jurors deliberated for three days before acquitting him on all nine counts — including criminal possession of a loaded firearm..

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    There will be several ah sh*t letters to the chief explaining this one. I would not want to be one of the writers.

  • Jack_bauer_max50


    over 3 years ago


    From other sites, i gather the guy broke into a Lt's officer and stole his weapon from a locker or safe. They thought it was an inside job or prank until they traced it back to the impostor. Either way, bad news!

  • Battering-ram-full_max50


    over 3 years ago


    That's embarrassing and people say the auxiliary officers are clowns!!!

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Regardless of Cops becoming Hosers, how the hell does this happen?

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Th_detective_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Some heads are gonna roll at the 105, believe it!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    In NYC Fire Marshalls have arrest powers and do carry guns. Many Fire marshalls are ex NYPD who "roll over" to FDNY

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Wonder what he smokes, ingests, or just plain eats?

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    The SH SO would have some explaining to do on this one...
    I surely wouldn't want to hear that LT...!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Thats kinda funny

  • P3_max50


    over 3 years ago


    fire marshals dont have guns? thats not a realthing? dang he was so convinceing he swayed me ..... hahaha movie refrence

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    over 3 years ago


    seriuously, why were weapons just lying around... and talked his way in? Don't people check ID/credentials anymore?

  • Az_phx_motorcade1a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    1st, why would some think it was okay for a 'Fire Marshal' to have a gun in the 1st place?
    2nd, why are there guns just lying around for the taking. Aren't they assigned to specific people?
    Oh well.

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