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Man Who Opened Fire on NYPD Cleared of All Charges

Man Who Opened Fire on NYPD Cleared of All Charges

Angel Alvarez holds his son, Angel, Jr., as he leaves Manhattan Supreme Court with supporters after a grand jury declined to indict him on charges of gun possession.

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

March 03, 2011

NEW YORK – A man whom cops shot 23 times for allegedly firing at them walked out of court a free man Wednesday after a grand jury found him innocent.

Angel Alvarez, 24, had been behind bars on gun charges since a wild Harlem shootout that left one man dead last summer.

“It feels real good,” said Alvarez, surrounded by cheering family members as he left Manhattan Criminal Court. “I’m happy. I’m alive, I’m free.”

Alvarez was jailed after gunfire erupted at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 8, just as a packed block party began to break up.

Witnesses said Alvarez was brawling with Luis Soto, 22, over a gun when two shots rang out and police unleashed a barrage of 46 bullets – one of which killed Soto.

“[The grand jury] has voted to dismiss all charges against Angel Alvarez,” Assistant District Attorney John Veiga told a Manhattan judge before his release.

DA Cyrus Vance’s office had no further comment on the case, refusing to say if the grand jury – empanelled especially to review the fatal police shooting – has finished its work.

Prosecutors also declined comment on whether they are presenting charges against the four cops who opened fire.

Police originally charged Alvarez with attempted murder in the case but Vance’s office refused to pursue that charge before empanelling the investigative grand jury – and lodged only weapons possession counts against Alvarez last fall.

“We don’t know if it’s over, " Zach Johnson, one of Alvarez’s lawyers said of the probe. “The grand jury is still going on as far as we know.”

Alvarez appeared healthy but claimed he was still in “real pain” and that three bullets remained inside him.

He loped out of court carrying a mystery novel given to him by a accused SoHo House killer Nicolas Brooks, the 24-year-old son of Oscar winner and alleged rapist Joseph Brooks.

“I thought I was never going to come home,” Alvarez said. “They didn’t have no evidence against me with cops – it’s really difficult to have a case against cops.”

Alvarez said his first act of freedom would be to play with his 3-year-old son, Angel Jr.


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    GodblessTexas

    over 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    big dislike on this one!

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    Keiffer158

    over 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    I have no doubt that both men were bad guys. However if two people are fighting over one gun and you shoot and kill one of them and then charge the one that lived, you have just admitted to killing an “innocent” man. Your other choice is to say you killed the one that was shooting at you and just wounded the other guy. Anyway you cut it this is a bad situation and a tough one for cops on the street.

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    batman2944

    over 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    "Prosecutors also declined comment on whether they are presenting charges against the four cops who opened fire." So, the cops just "opened fire" huh?? Sounds kinda biased!!

    Hmmmmm!!

    "Stay in the Fight"

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    canemah

    over 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    NEW YORK – A man whom cops shot 23 times for allegedly firing at them walked out of court a free man Wednesday after a grand jury found him innocent.

    You New York boys and girls need something healthier than .22 shorts for service weapons.

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    MidnightMike

    over 3 years ago

    470 Comments

    What goes around comes around...it may take longer than we'd like but it comes around! I doubt this one is over yet...

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    As frustrating as the outcome of this case is, I'm sure he will be back in court for something else in a few weeks.

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    Bnshape

    over 3 years ago

    662 Comments

    In Maryland, I've seen very few grand juries fail to indict.
    Wonder what the DA was failing to lack an indictment.

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    kfera1989

    over 3 years ago

    42 Comments

    DA epic fail!

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    securetexas

    over 3 years ago

    1038 Comments

    This is why you should carry a .45 and know how to use it... ok at least a .40 or a .357 sig!!!! Glock makes a real user friendly .45 if you dont want to carry o real "cocked & locked" shooter {LOL}

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    STEVEDLUX

    over 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    As what Chas1133 said ........ P O S!

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    bluebrother

    over 3 years ago

    774 Comments

    Twisted isn't it?

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    mz66

    over 3 years ago

    3896 Comments

    Slightly clearer article (with additional details available from links to older articles) here:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/nyregion/03alvarez.html

    It just really reinforces what's above, but since there are links to older articles it provides a jumping off point for getting more background on the case.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    POS

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    BForJuvCor

    over 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Just wondering when the multi-million dollar lawsuit for "pain and sufferring" is going to come...

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    SgtJoe1350

    over 3 years ago

    24484 Comments

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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