The Associated Press
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
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.
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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.