Indian-origin New York cop called hero for disarming alleged killer while off-duty

Published: 28 October, 2020 12:54 IST | IANS | New York

His commanding officer John Buttacavoli tweeted, "We are very proud to have officers such as Maharaj serving our community."

Representational Image | Courtesy: AFP
Representational Image | Courtesy: AFP

An Indian-origin New York police officer who tackled and disarmed an alleged gun-wielding killer who had just shot his victim inside a shop is being hailed as a hero.

Jason Maharaj, who was off duty on Monday evening, "quickly sprang into action," on witnessing the shooting, "tackled the suspect, disarmed him and held him till uniformed officers arrived," the police department said.

"Awfully proud of the work of the police officer. Heroic actions," Police Commissioner Dermot Shea was quoted by CBS New York TV.

The man who was shot inside the shop, Mohmediyan Tarwala, 26, was taken to a hospital where he died, NBC New York TV reported quoting police.

The alleged assailant identified as Steven Cohen entered the shop and argued with Tarwala and was asked to leave the store and two employees pushed him out, ABC New York TV reported quoting authority.

He returned and shot Tarwala in the stomach and fired at another employee, but he was not hurt.

Maharaj then sprang into action disarming Cohen.

His commanding officer John Buttacavoli tweeted, "We are very proud to have officers such as Maharaj serving our community."

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