A New York Police Officer stands guard inside a cordoned
area at the site of a shooting in Greenwich Village,
Manhattan. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
A suspected child molester from the San Diego area who
had been a fugitive for two years has been killed in a shootout
in New York City that also left three law enforcement officials
wounded, officials said.
Two US marshals and a New York Police Department detective on
a US marshals' fugitive task force were hospitalized after
being shot in the West Village after trying to "engage" a
suspect, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton told
"What we know at this point is it appears the injuries to the
officers are not life-threatening," said Mayor Bill de Blasio
at the same news conference, adding that officials were still
getting information about what happened.
Local news media in New York reported that the shooting
happened in a head shop called Smoking Culture. The Coronado,
California, Police Department has identified the suspect as
Charles Mozdir of Coronado, who was wanted after skipping a
court date for a 2012 child molestation charge.
Mozdir was profiled on CNN's "The Hunt" with John Walsh,
which reported that Mozdir was facing allegations of
molesting a friend's child.
The parents of the child told CNN that their 7-year-old son
told them that Mozdir, a close family friend, had molested
him while he was in the same bed as his sleeping mother. Her
husband, who was away at the time, had suggested to his wife
that she call their friend to help her care for their son.
The boy was ill with a high fever at the time and the mother
needed to focus on caring for the couple's newborn daughter.
Mozdir stayed by the bedside keeping an eye on the feverish
child, the father told CNN.
"Even though Melissa (the boy's mother) was in the same bed -
not only in the same house, but the same room - the same
king-sized bed, he pulled back the sheets and proceeded to
play with our son's private parts," the boy's father told
CNN. "He tried to explain to our son that it was normal what
he was doing to him, and that his parents were going to be
upset with him if he told them, but it was normal for friends
to do that, that it was normal for him to know about how to
Mozdir posted bail after his arrest and then missed his
arraignment on June 15, 2012. A few days later, his car was
discovered in Georgia with its license plate torn off, and
Mozdir was nowhere to be found, CNN reported.
In New York, Bratton said a gun had been recovered from the
Bratton and de Blasio's remarks came at an unrelated news
conference in which both men discussed the need for more
police training and better relations with the community after
a Staten Island man died after being put an apparent
chokehold by police officers.