N.Y. Officer Charged With Killing Man Outside Mall


Middletown, N.Y. (AP) -- A local police officer on disability leave was charged with gunning down a 22-year-old man outside a shopping mall in March.

State police on Monday did not immediately disclose the officer's identity or his police department. But the Times-Herald Record of Middletown reported that Town of Crawford police officer Kevin Griffin, 40, was arrested late Friday night at his home and charged with one count of second-degree murder.

He was arraigned in the Town of Wallkill court early Saturday morning and sent to Orange County Jail with no bail, according to the newspaper.

The officer was charged in the March 13 slaying of Timothy Ruiz of Pine Bush. Ruiz, a manager at the Old Navy store in the Galleria mall in the Town of Wallkill, was shot once in the chest as he approached his car in the parking lot of the mall, which is about 65 miles north of New York City.

Griffin, of Ellenville, has been a Crawford police officer since 1988 and was out on disability leave from injuries sustained in a 2001 car accident. He was suspended from the police force on Saturday, according to the newspaper.

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