Correction officer shoots man after road-rage accident with fellow jail worker girlfriend, cops say - Guard taken into custody after NYC East Flatbush gunplay
ABOVE PHOTO: An off-duty corrections officer shot and seriously wounded one of two men who cut him off in his Mercedes with their Caddilac Escalade rushed at him, forcing him to fire, police sources say, at the corner of Utica Avenue and Clarendon Road this afternoon. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital (PICTURED) with wound to chest. January 7, 2013.
A BROOKLYN love triangle burst into violence Tuesday when an off-duty correction officer shot his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend after a car chase, law enforcement sources said.
The jilted lover, Kai Gates, 34, used a phone app to follow his former flame, Shalanda Smith, a captain with the Department of Correction, who was driving with her new beau, fellow jail guard Dale Moore, 32, the sources said.
Gates, who has a child with Smith, drove his Cadillac Escalade beside her Mercedes-Benz near Utica Ave. and Clarendon Road about 1:10 p.m.
As the cars raced down the street, the exes started arguing until Gates cut off Smith’s car, police sources said.
Gates then jumped out and appeared to be reaching for a weapon when Moore pulled out his gun and shot him in the chest and neck, sources and witnesses said.
“There was gunfire, two shots,” said Natalie Skrivanek, who works across the street. “I walked along the car and (the man) was lying on the floor. He was face-up, bleeding from the neck and chest. The woman was standing over him, frantic.”
Police found no weapon on Gates, who was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition.
Moore, who has been with the department since 2008 and is assigned to the same Rikers Island facility as Smith, was vomiting in front of a nearby building when emergency responders arrived, witnesses said. He was taken into custody, but it was not clear if he would be charged.
A relative said Gates has been following Smith since they split.
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An off-duty corrections officer, in back of car, shot and seriously wounded a man after a car accident in East Flatbush, say sources.
“He’s been stalking her and calling (Moore) with threats,” said Smith’s cousin, who declined to give her name. “He was popping up wherever she was.”
Michael Skelly, a spokesman for the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, said Moore only fired because he saw a threat.
“Obviously, this was a very tragic incident,” Skelly said. “The police are conducting an investigation and at the end of the day, we believe, the investigation will reveal that Correction Officer Moore acted in self-defense.”