Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

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Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

In a shocking incident unfolding in Queens, New York, a teenage Venezuelan migrant allegedly shot two NYPD officers during a routine traffic stop. Bernardo Raul Castro-Mata, 19, reportedly opened fire on the officers after they attempted to pull him over for driving an illegal scooter the wrong way down a one-way highway.

Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

The gunfire erupted just before 2 a.m. when police approached Castro-Mata, who responded by wielding an unlicensed firearm and shooting at the officers. One officer sustained a gunshot wound to the leg, while the other was hit in the bulletproof vest. Despite being injured, Castro-Mata managed to flee the scene on foot.

Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

Although Castro-Mata had no prior arrests in New York City, authorities suspect his involvement in a group that employs scooters to carry out violent robberies in the Queens area. According to NYPD Detective Joseph Kenny, investigations into other robbery patterns involving Castro-Mata are ongoing.

Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

Castro-Mata, who entered the U.S. from Venezuela via Eagle Pass, Texas, last July, was residing in a migrant shelter close to the scene of the shooting. During the altercation with officers, he sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle and underwent surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.

Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

The recovered unlicensed gun used in the shooting further implicates Castro-Mata in the incident. Photographs from the scene depict him being taken away on a stretcher, handcuffed, and visibly distressed.

Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

Meanwhile, the two injured officers were hailed as heroes as they left Elmhurst Hospital. Despite the harrowing ordeal, they received a standing ovation from onlookers as they exited the hospital, underscoring the community’s support for law enforcement.

Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

The incident has reignited discussions surrounding immigration policies, particularly in light of recent reports indicating a surge in dismissals of immigration court cases for migrants entering the U.S. illegally. Under President Biden’s administration, a significant portion of asylum claims have been granted, raising questions about border security and the handling of immigration-related matters.

Venezuelan Migrant Shoots Two NYPD Officers During Traffic Stop

As investigations into the shooting continue, authorities are intensifying efforts to address concerns regarding illegal immigration and ensure the safety of communities across the nation.

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