Off duty NYC corrections officer shoots pipe wielding man www.privateofficer.com
Brooklyn NY June 6 2011 Customers ducked and scattered as bullets flew at a Brooklyn McDonald’s restaurant on Saturday when an off-duty city Correction Department officer shot an apparently disturbed man who attacked him with a pipe.
Police said the shooting occurred shortly after 12:40 p.m., when the deranged man attacked a 67-year-old customer in the fast-food joint in East Flatbush.
When the elderly customer tried to call 911 on his cell phone, the 36-year-old attacker grabbed it and hit him with it, cops said.
Correction officer Michael Turnbull, 35, then intervened, but when the attacker grabbed a pipe and swung at him, he drew his weapon and fired once, hitting the man in the left leg, police said.
The shot sent the restaurant’s workers and 15 to 20 customers ducking for cover and fleeing, witnesses said.
“People were running all over the place,” said Mark Levy, owner of Carpet Discount Center Inc. next door.
When the attacker continued to advance and swing the pipe, Turnbull fired again, hitting him again in the left leg, police said.
“He was acting weird and had a strung-out look in his eyes,” said a customer who saw the attacker when he entered. Authorities said Turnbull, 35, has worked three years on the job and is assigned to the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island.The attacker was treated at Kings County Hospital and was in serious condition.