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Two NYPD officers shot in Queens
By Tina Moore, Larry Celona, Craig McCarthy and Kate Sheehy
November 24, 2020 | 1:16pm | Updated

Two Queens cops were shot Tuesday by a CUNY peace officer — who had his guns taken away in a previous domestic dispute, only to have them returned to him weeks ago, police said.

One of the officers was left bleeding heavily from a wound to his right upper thigh, while the other was shot in both hands — both suffering “very serious injuries,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference.

The pair were wounded during an exchange of gunfire that erupted as soon as 41-year-old suspect Rondell Goppy walked through the door of his Springfield Gardens home with his gun blazing amid a domestic dispute around 12:45 p.m., Shea said.

Minutes earlier, the officers — identified by law-enforcement sources as Christopher Wells and Joseph Murphy — had escorted Goppy’s 41-year-old wife back to the troubled couple’s apartment at 145-86 179th St.

The wife was getting her things so she could stay somewhere else after a violent incident between the pair in the morning over alleged infidelity, police said.

“The wife walked into the 105th Precinct this morning. She said her husband choked her,’’ a law-enforcement source told The Post. “The domestic-violence officers went back with her to the house to get some stuff.”

It appears that Goppy wasn’t still in the home at the time. The cops and woman were then inside for about 6 minutes when “almost instantly, [Goppy] walks in through the front door and starts shooting at our two officers,” Shea said.

Goppy blasted away in “a combat stance” before he was shot multiple times and killed — and his wife ended up notifying police that two of their own were struck by bullets when she called 911 to report the gunfire, sources said.

A neighbor told The Post that she “heard about six shots” in the gun battle.

The officers were rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where they were in stable condition, Shea said.

The cop wounded in the leg needed surgery on his femur, Shea said. The other officer also required surgery.

One of the injuried officers — the dad of a 3-year-old and 3-month old — has 14 years on the job, police said.

The other hurt cop has six years on the force and a 1-year-old child — and just learned his wife is pregnant, the department said.

The shooter worked security for the City University of New York and owned several guns — which were taken away from him in July after a reported domestic incident, Shea and sources said.

Goppy got his weapons back in September, law-enforcement sources said.

“There were prior domestic calls,” Shea said of the couple, who had been married for 17 years. “That will be part of the investigation going forward — why [Goppy] was in possession of those guns.”

Shea said the shooter had no known criminal history and was a “licensed firearm handler.”

As recently as last month, Goppy’s wife called authorities to report that he had taken her passport and credit cards, sources said.

While the wife was on the phone with the 911 operator, her husband could be heard in the background saying, “Are you calling the cops on me again?’’ before she hung up, sources said.

Before Tuesday’s shooting, there had been four previous calls from the home involving domestic violence, sources said.

Two handguns, including a Glock, belonging to the suspect were recovered at the scene Tuesday, sources said.

Shea said the suspect had a third firearm registered to him as well.

Goppy’s wife, Sharon, was taken to the precinct after the incident, sources said.

Her shaken elderly mother and sister had rushed to the scene after the shooting.

“Where is my sister? Where are the kids?” Sharon Goppy’s sister asked cops.

One officer replied, “She is OK. She is safe. She is at the precinct” before escorting the sister and mom away.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the two injured cops were doing “the Lord’s work” when they were shot.

“Today they saved a woman’s life … and I say, ‘God bless them,’ ” Hizzoner told reporters outside the hospital. “They have serious injuries, but ultimately, they will be OK.”

Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, said at the presser that the shooting should silence cop critics.

“Those that disrespect police officers, those that want to say, ‘Let’s defund them, let’s take them out of every different type of job,’ here’s an example. It’s an example of a domestic dispute. It’s an example of when the police officers walk in, they get shot at. What would happen if the police officers weren’t there?” the union chief said.

Meanwhile, a resident said that after the shooting, all hell broke loose on the street where it occurred.

“I saw the cops flying down the street. … They were jumping out of their cars and running, running, they didn’t wait to stop,” he said.

“This is a tragic situation,” the man said. “And … right before Thanksgiving.”
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