Cop Shoots NYC Subway Groper
Suspect shot as he grappled with cop on platform
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2011 2:18 AM CST
"He shouldn't have gotten shot, but at the same time they should know not to go around doing things like that," one witness said.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A New York City subway rider accused of groping the buttocks of two teens ended up with a bullet in the lower back after grappling with an off-duty cop. The officer confronted the man at a Harlem station after two young women, a 13-year-old and an 18-year-old, said they had been groped, the New York Daily News reports. A round was discharged from the officer's weapon as he struggled with the suspect on the station platform.

"We believe at this time that the officer intended to shoot because he was in fear of his life. They were struggling, rolling on the train station as two trains were coming in," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says. A 22-year-old man with 19 previous arrests on his record—including two for assaulting police officers—was arrested and charged with forcible touching, sex abuse, child endangerment, and resisting arrest.

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Dec 14, 2011 10:22 AM CST
i'll keep my hands to myself i promise! just put that damn gun away! or if that doesn't work for ya.... is that a gun in your pocket or are you just feeling gropey too?
Dec 14, 2011 9:50 AM CST
I hate to be the lone voice here, but nobody else is a bit worried that a cop shot an unarmed man who hadn't committed any violent crime? Just because he has a prior record doesn't mean he was necessarily guilty this time. Innocent until proven guilty; not vigilante justice.
Dec 14, 2011 9:49 AM CST
Cop Shoots NYC Subway Groper -Who would want to grope subways? Some people get off on some weird stuff.