01/05/2006

Off-duty NYC sergeant kills man accused of stabbing colleague

By JIM FITZGERALD
Associated Press Writer

YONKERS, N.Y. -- An off-duty New York Police Department sergeant shot and killed a man who had stabbed another NYPD officer in a disturbance in a Yonkers bar that spilled out onto the sidewalk, police said.

Peter Lee, 20, of Yonkers, staggered 50 feet and died after the shooting early Wednesday, said Robert Taggart, Yonkers police commissioner.

The violence erupted outside Rory Dolan's, a popular Irish pub just over the Bronx border in Yonkers.

The sergeant, 41-year-old Michael Ingram, told arriving Yonkers police he fired two shots into Lee to protect the officer being stabbed, the commissioner said.

The injured officer, John Baumeister, 30, had three to five knife wounds in his torso and was in stable condition after surgery at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

Ingram and Baumeister had arrived at the bar after working a shift that ended at 2 a.m. at the 47th Precinct in the Bronx.

At about 3 a.m., Lee and another man were asked to leave the bar because they were creating a disturbance, Taggart said.

He said the nature of the disturbance was under investigation but said the officers may have been trying to intervene when the incident happened.

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