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Cops kill man suspected in ex’s slaying outside NY casino

May 26, 2015 By Tom Hays and Michael Balsamo Associated Press
This photo provided by the NYPD shows a gun that was in the possession of a man who was shot to death by police in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The man was suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend earlier in the morning outside the Resorts World Casino in Queens at around 2:30 a.m. before fleeing and texting death threats to a man who was with the woman who was shot. Authorities say the man was killed in a shootout at 6 a.m. NYPD via AP
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The hunt for a man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend outside a casino ended Tuesday morning with police killing him in an elementary school parking lot.

The 51-year-old suspect had first targeted a man he found in a car with his ex at about 2:30 a.m. outside the Resorts World Casino in Queens, police said.

The suspect — believed to be a former employee of the casino — shot at the 51-year-old man, who escaped, police said. After trying to chase him, the suspect doubled back and shot the 55-year-old woman multiple times, they said.

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The suspect fled in a white sedan, then texted the surviving victim several times, “taunting him and calling himself ‘The Grim Reaper,'” said Robert Boyce, the New York Police Department’s chief of detectives. He also messaged the woman’s family, saying, “I’m not going down easy,” Boyce said.

At around 6 a.m., police tracked the sedan to the parking lot of the school in Brooklyn.

“As they pulled up, they were immediately fired upon by this individual,” Boyce said. The officers returned fire, killing him.

Investigators recovered shell casings at the scene, along with a .380-caliber handgun, which was cocked, and an extra magazine and empty ammo box, police said.

Police said the suspect had an arrest record that included armed robbery.


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