Drinking Man Indicted for Red Hook Shootout

April 16, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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JAY STREET — A man who shot at police on Mill Street in Red Hook earlier this month has been indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury.

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced the indictment of Clifford Ashby for allegedly opening fire on police officer Giovanni Fini and police officer Christopher Nieves on April 7.

Ashby, 31, is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, two counts of menacing of a police officer, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison.

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The indictment charges that officers Fini and Nieves, both of the 76th Precinct in Cobble Hill, saw Ashby holding what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage in public view at 21 Mill St. in Red Hook. As they approached him, Ashby ran and began shooting at the officers, according to the indictment.

Ashby sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was apprehended the following day in Queens.

He is to be arraigned on the indictment in Kings County Supreme Court Criminal Term in the upcoming weeks.

—Ryan Thompson
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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