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Undercover Cop Shoots Gang Member In Sting

Undercover Cop Shoots Gang Member In Sting

Reeves's gun, with the jammed shell casing.

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

July 15, 2011

NEW YORK – A reputed Bloods member was shot to death by an undercover cop Thursday when a drug sting in the Bronx led to a life-or-death gun fight, police said.

Nelson (Boss) Reeves, 17, had arranged to sell the undercover cop $20 of crack at an apartment building in Crotona around 11:20 a.m., police said.

But once they got inside the lobby of the Prospect Ave. building, Reeves forked over phony-looking drugs, police said.

“What’s the story with this? I want real crack,” the undercover said, trying to maintain his credibility, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

“That’s going to cost you more money,” Reeves replied.

The undercover cop coughed up another $20. But Reeves barked for more – then pulled a .25-caliber pistol and tried to take all his cash. The undercover pulled his own gun and stepped back as Reeves fired and missed, Browne said.

Reeves fired again but the gun jammed, police said. The officer fired four times, mortally wounding Reeves. The suspect later died at Lincoln Hospital. The undercover cop was not hit.

Reeves, who friends described as a Bloods member, had previously served eight months of a one-year jail sentence for possession of a submachine gun, police said.

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