09/11/2007

Friendly fire blamed in NYPD officer's subway shooting

Associated Press
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NEW YORK — A police officer wounded in a fatal shootout last week with an armed parolee with a long rap sheet was hit by a bullet fired by another officer, police officials said Monday.

Ballistics evidence from the Bronx subway platform where the shooting occurred showed that Officer Annmarie Marchiondo was accidentally shot in the left foot by one of two officers who fired 14 times at the parolee, who was being detained for riding between cars of a moving subway train, police said. Riding between cars is against subway regulations.

Marchiondo also suffered wounds to her side and ankle, but it was unclear whether those were caused by friendly fire or by the parolee, Juan Calves, who fired six times and died in the shootout, the New York Police Department said.

Marchiondo remained hospitalized on Monday.

The shooting took place Friday afternoon when Marchiondo and two other plainclothes officers stopped Calves on a 4 train going from the Bronx to Manhattan.

After the officers took Calves off the train at the 176th Street station and began searching him, he grabbed Marchiondo in a head lock and pulled out a stolen 9mm gun, police said. When she broke free, he opened fire on the other officers; they returned fire and killed him.

Calves, 51, was freed on parole from prison two years ago after serving time for manslaughter of a fellow inmate, robbery and attempting to promote prison contraband.

The Cuban immigrant was arrested for the first time in the United States in 1981 on car theft charges, police said. The arrest occurred not far from where he was killed 26 years later.

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