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NYPD Officer Shoot, Wound Teen Who Fired At Them During Foot Pursuit

NYPD Officer Shoot, Wound Teen Who Fired At Them During Foot Pursuit

Melendez's gun, pictured above, was recovered by the NYPD following the incident. | DCPI Photo Release

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

January 31, 2011

NEW YORKNYPD cops shot and wounded a teenager after he wheeled and fired at them during a foot chase on an East Harlem street early Sunday, police said.

Matthew Melendez, 18, was hit three times in the upper torso and arm, police said. He was in stable condition at Harlem Hospital early Sunday night.

Four plainclothes officers from the Manhattan North anti-crime unit raced after Melendez on E. 119th St. about 3:15 a.m. because they suspected he had a concealed weapon, police said.

None of the cops were hit, police said.

Police officials would not say how many shots were fired by either side or how many of the cops squeezed off rounds. The shooting is under investigation.

The officers tried to stop Melendez near the corner of E. 119th St. and Lexington Ave. after they spotted him adjusting his waistband in a manner that suggested he was carrying a concealed handgun, police said.

Several witnesses reported hearing the officers yell, “Police! Stop!” as they confronted Melendez, who was packing a black, semi-automatic pistol, a police source said.

But Melendez ran away, heading east on E. 119th St., cops said. He whirled and fired at the officers near the corner of Third Ave. He was shot along Third Ave. near E. 120th St., cops said.

His handgun was recovered near where he fell, partially covered in snow, police said.

Melendez, who lives in the Taft Houses in East Harlem, was charged with attempted murder, criminal use of a firearm and other counts, police said. It was not clear when he would be arraigned.

His mother, Mildred Faverey, 47, who visited Melendez in the hospital last night, said he went out with friends Saturday night after caring for his 8-month-old daughter.

“That’s not like my son,” Faverey said of the charges against him. “He wouldn’t do that.”

“He’s the greatest father to his daughter,” she added, wiping away tears. “He told me, ‘Mommy, trust me, I didn’t do what they said I did.’”

Melendez has eight prior arrests, including collars for robbery, marijuana possession and criminal mischief, a police source said.


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    fsa0033

    about 3 years ago

    324 Comments

    The mom needs to wake up with a slap to the face. Her precious snowflake is a criminal. If he was a good father, his rap sheet proves otherwise. This whole story stinks. What good father would leave an 8 month old and go out with friends. Some dad. This moron needs to go to prison for a long time.

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    ChiefDC501

    about 3 years ago

    1456 Comments

    Once again an example of "gun control", 18 year old with a hand gun. Can't buy it legally but had one anyway. Sounds like momma's good little boy, "greatest father" has quite a history of not being so good. Momma needs to quit looking at the picture in her wallet and wake up, looks like momma will be raising granddaughter if little Matthew keeps going-after she bails him out again

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    JKNKY

    about 3 years ago

    352 Comments

    He was / is a good boy, he is turnining his life around how dare those mean police acuse him of such a thing. sic 18 years old with a record and a gun = up to no good. Glad the guy guys shoot better than he does.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    10918 Comments

    This POS is trying to appeal to the only person in the world who would believe him. Figures. He's lucky he's not dead.

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    OlSkoolBlu89

    about 3 years ago

    2484 Comments

    Good shoot!!

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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Good job guys. I hope it hurt this little POS a lot. Too bad one of the rounds didn't hit him in the family jewels. They are just costume jewelry anyway and not worth anything so no loss but it would have hurt, both physically and morally.

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    gcoleman

    about 3 years ago

    2252 Comments

    Parents Denial + COPS arrest = 1in Jail ,again!

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    servingproud

    about 3 years ago

    4670 Comments

    Great Job MOS. Another POS off the streets for a long time I hope, Eighteen is the key here. Glad all MOS went home safe.

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    95Zcar

    about 3 years ago

    3992 Comments

    "NYPD Officer Shoot, Wound Teen Who Fired At Them During Foot Pursuit". Yes he technically is a teen, but legally he is an adult! And of course he didn't do it, it had to be someone else! I am sick to my stomach reading this article!

    Nice work NYPD

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    ps4436

    about 3 years ago

    352 Comments

    He may be a momma's boy, but once in prison he's going to find out "who's your daddy"!!!!!!!

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    bluebrother

    about 3 years ago

    768 Comments

    He is not a minor he is an adult, anyway, age has no bearing on the trigger finger that can kill you. I see him mom is defending her son as a mother will do, but lay down the curtains of concealment and call it what it is, a cop killer in the making. Glad no officer was hurt.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Good job to the officers.

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    Retleo

    about 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    “That’s not like my son,” Faverey said of the charges against him. “He wouldn’t do that.”

    “He’s the greatest father to his daughter,” she added, wiping away tears. “He told me, ‘Mommy, trust me, I didn’t do what they said I did.’”

    Melendez has eight prior arrests, including collars for robbery, marijuana possession and criminal mischief, a police source said.

    It certainly appears that "MOMMY" is in a deep case of denial about her dear little "Teen" son. Glad that the LEOs all came out of this situation without injury. Put Melendez away for a long time for his actions here. He definitely does not seem to be a viable candidate for "Rehabilitation" based upon his actions and his prior record. And perhaps get "MOMMY" a new pair of glasses. The "ROSE COLORED" ones that she has been viewing the World through appear to be defective.

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    36TR

    about 3 years ago

    7552 Comments

    Good job, Officers!!!!

    Went out with his friends, even though he has an 8 month old daughter? Carries a gun?? Commits violent crimes?? Yeah, I can see where he's the "Greatest Father to his daughter". NOT. Mother needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Parents are the last to know!

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    rkgtactical

    about 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    Do they ever admit responsibility? if he were such a great father, he would not be out running the streets with a handgun, he would be doing the responsible thing and taking care of his daughter.

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