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Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said.

The man, Charles Richard Mozdir, was recently featured on a CNN show about fugitives. He was wanted in a San Diego case and was charged with lewd acts upon a child younger than 14, a criminal complaint said.

The shootout Monday between Mozdir and members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force happened just after 1 p.m. in Greenwich Village not far from New York University in a highly trafficked tourist area bounded by jazz clubs, restaurants, a subway station and a basketball court.

Fugitive Fatally Shot In New York Neighborhood

Mozdir's handgun was recovered at the scene, and 20 extra rounds of ammunition were found in his pocket, Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

A police detective first entered the narrow smoke shop and identified Mozdir, who apparently was alone, Police Commissioner Bratton said, before leaving and returning with the U.S. marshals.

The detective was shot at least twice, in the stomach below his protective vest and in the right chest, which could have been deadly were it not stopped by the vest, Bratton said at a hospital.

One U.S. marshal was shot in the elbow and another in his buttocks, he said. All three were in stable condition and had been visited by city and federal officials.

The detective didn't fire his weapon, but the federal agents fired multiple rounds, authorities said.

"They do what law enforcement personnel do every day," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "They have to put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us."

Edoardo Gelardin, who was heading to lunch shortly after the shooting when he saw officers loading the victims into ambulances and officers with assault weapons sealing off the scene, said it was "shocking and out of place."

"It was a little overwhelming to see a scene like that," he said.

A $1 million bench warrant was issued for Mozdir's arrest in June 2012 after he skipped an arraignment in San Diego Superior Court on child sexual assault charges, a spokesman for the San Diego County district attorney said.

Mozdir, a wedding photographer, also had been charged with attempting to dissuade a witness from prosecution, the criminal complaint said. He had posted $250,000 bail.

Mozdir's case had recently been featured on CNN's "The Hunt with John Walsh." Mozdir was accused of abusing the boy while babysitting him, and authorities later found evidence of child pornography and bestiality on his cellphone and computers, according to the show's website, quoting federal authorities.

Authorities had searched for him in Coronado, Georgia, California and Mexico, the show said.

The San Diego County public defender's office, which represented Mozdir in the child molestation case, didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.

The violence recalled a deadly shootout that left a gunman and two auxiliary police officers dead on another Greenwich Village street in March 2007.

That gunman, David Garvin, killed a bartender, according to police, and then turned crowded streets packed with storied taverns into a shooting gallery. Unarmed volunteer officers Eugene Marshalik and Nicholas Todd Pekearo were killed.

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accordmee July 29 2014 at 7:14 AM

Well we won't have to spend 50,000 dollars a year on that POS for the next 20 years.

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Carol July 29 2014 at 8:20 AM

A pedophile shot dead ... now THAT'S a feel good story.

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jerry July 29 2014 at 7:54 AM

Just another scumbag off the streets. Some children are now safe, the ones he may have moleste in the future.

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cuervooro July 29 2014 at 7:47 AM

Another liberal with a gun. I'm surprised he didn't hide in Colorado.

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IBruzEZ July 29 2014 at 7:23 AM

I am terribly sorry the officers were injured, but very glad this guy is gone and off the streets for good. Child molesters cannot be "fixed" and only continue to destroy young lives. This trial will not be expensive....! LOL.!!

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msslongrider July 29 2014 at 6:50 AM

Good they need to kill alot more of these Abuse scumbags

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ADMR msslongrider July 29 2014 at 2:51 PM


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kay July 29 2014 at 7:33 AM

Mozdir is where he should be, hope the officers recover quickly. I am wondering how a man who can post a $250,000 bond is entitled to a public defender??

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hark4109 kay July 29 2014 at 8:53 AM

Good question but he would have put up 25000 of it but why public defender? No smart attorney would take that case?

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Lisa kay July 29 2014 at 12:34 PM

Cause back than he had money know that he is on the run he makes pennies...

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TOMMY BOY July 29 2014 at 9:30 AM

Just like the song...another one bites the dust. The world's a better place today

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ADMR TOMMY BOY July 29 2014 at 2:52 PM


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bailey.willie July 29 2014 at 8:41 AM


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Brian Workman July 29 2014 at 12:15 PM

A City with the toughest Gun Laws and the Criminals still have the Guns & the citizens don't!!
Works out great?!
Too bad that the business owner didn't have a gun to shoot the bad guy, before the bad guy shot the Cops!!

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