Retired cop Thomas Marrinan Bio, Wiki
Retired cop Thomas Marrinan is a 57-year-old retired NYPD transit cop who was shot and killed during a scuffle on a Brooklyn street Monday night, June 7th, sources and witnesses said. He was struck by gunfire after rushing to a pizzeria in Kensington with his friend, a retired city correction officer whose father was being harassed by an unruly 33-year-old man at about 7:30, according to law enforcement sources.
A struggle ensued between the trio outside the pizza shop on Church Avenue and East 3rd Street, escalating when the suspect tried to grab the retired correction officer’s gun, sources said. In the midst of the chaos, the gun went off, fatally striking Marrinan in the chest and the 33-year-old man in the arm, according to sources.
Who is Thomas Marrinan? He has been described as a Sweetheart by a neighbor
Marrinan joined the NYPD in 1992 and was assigned to Transit District 30 in Brooklyn. Police sources said the retired cop left the department in 2015 after 23 years on the job. “Thomas is a retired transit cop and union delegate. He was known as Tommy Donuts, because everywhere he went, he brought donuts,” said his friend, Alan Dubrow, 78, a retired banker.
A neighbor of the retired cop who identified herself as Regina Uddin, 30, a software engineer described him as “the sweetest guy I’ve ever known. “I tell him all my problems. I can’t believe what happened,” she added.
Retired NYPD Cop dies after Brooklyn Shooting
Thomas Marrinan, 57, a retired NYPD officer was accidentally shot dead by a friend while the two tried to defend an elderly man in a fight outside a Brooklyn pizzeria Monday night, cops and witnesses said. The retired officer was hanging out with his friend, a 53-year-old retired correction officer, outside Korner Pizza on Church Ave. at E. Third St. in Kensington.
At about 7:20 p.m., the two saw an 86-year-old man being hassled by a younger man, police said. Video from the scene shows a shirtless man with a bloody left arm being apprehended by police on the sidewalk.
At the same time, about 40 feet away, Marrinan lies wounded on the sidewalk with his wife and correction officer beside him, according to the video and a witness.
“Stay with me,” the retired correction officer repeatedly says as the wife could be heard crying, the footage shows. Two police officers then run up to assist them. Marrinan is later wheeled into an ambulance and taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where he died, sources said.
Denzel Smith a Witness Described what Transpired
Denzel Smith, 69, said before he boarded a bus he saw two men arguing in the street — with one of them threatening to shoot. “The elderly guy was getting cursed at by the pizza bench,” Smith recalled. “The young guy said, ‘I’m gonna get you, man, I’m gonna shoot you!’”
Smith said he heard one of the men involved in the dispute identify himself as a retired cop. The young man then got into a car with another male passenger and continued his threatening remarks, according to Smith.
“When he was driving off he slammed the car and said, ‘I’m going to get you. I’m gonna come back and get you,’” Smith said.
Smith further said that the neighborhood is generally safe and it shocked him to know of the fighting and shooting.