NYPD officer shot in heart dies but first...


November 28, 2005, 06:43 PM
He continued to give chase for a least two blocks before realizing he had been shot. The bullet just missed his body armor, entering his chest cavity by way of his armpit. This is truly a sad story and also a bit different in that the fatal shot was delivered by the bad guy from his car during a car chase as the bad guy apparently doubled back to engage the officers. It is also amazing in that the officer, fatally wounded with a bullet wound in his heart, had the amazing ability to continue the chase possibly not even realizing he had been wounded. He seems to have been one heck of a man. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.

Nov 28, 2005 2:30 pm US/Eastern
(1010 WINS) (NEW YORK) A police officer who was shot in the heart early Monday during a car chase in Brooklyn ignored the wound and helped try to catch the suspected shooter before dying later at the hospital, authorities said.

The officer, Dillon Stewart, 35, of Elmont, Long Island, was killed despite wearing a bulletproof vest. One round entered the officer's armpit, missing the protective plating "by no more than a quarter of an inch,'' Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news conference.

Stewart, a five-year veteran who was married with two children, "showed remarkable tenacity and courage in pursuing his assailant,'' Kelly said.

Detectives were questioning a 27-year-old suspect described as the owner of a car that started the chase by running a red light. A 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, was discovered ditched outside a Brooklyn home where he was captured after a massive manhunt, police said.

The incident began at about 2:50 a.m. when Stewart and his partner, Paul Lipka, were on patrol in the East Flatbush neighborhood while in uniform and in an unmarked car. The officers spotted a 1990 Infiniti speed through a red light and Stewart, who was driving, gave chase.

At one point, the car circled back and pulled alongside the police vehicle, and the motorist opened fire.

While trying "to evade the officers,'' Kelly said, ``the suspect fired at least five times at the officers, shooting outside the passenger side window of his own car and striking Officer Stewart in the chest.''

With Stewart still in pursuit, the suspect sped to a basement garage on East 21st street about two blocks away. Lipka and another backup officer shot at the Infiniti as a metal gate at the garage entrance rolled down; police believe the driver escaped on foot by climbing out a window.

"It was at this point that Stewart, who had left the police car, realized he had been shot,'' the commissioner said, and the officers rushed him to the hospital.

Following surgery, Stewart's heart stopped beating, and doctor's attempted to revive him for over an hour.

"Despite the heroic efforts of surgeons,'' Kelly said, "Officer Stewart died at 8:40 this morning.''

Stewart was the first officer killed in the city in the line of duty this year, police said. James McNaughton, an NYPD transit bureau officer and staff sergeant with the 306th Military Police Battalion, was killed by a sniper in Iraq on Aug 2.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Stewart's death a "terrible tragedy for New York City,'' and asked New Yorkers to pray for the officer's family.

Neighbors of slain police officer Stewart said the policeman was a nice guy. One neighbor, Frantz Racine, who also lives in Elmont, said he knew something was wrong when unmarked police cars were on the block early Monday morning.

Racine said he was shocked when he heard the news. He adds he didn't know his neighbor was a police officer.

Racine said the Stewarts moved into the neighborhood about two years ago.

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November 28, 2005, 07:33 PM
Shame to hear this. The officer tried to do his duty. My respects to him and his:(

Standing Wolf
November 28, 2005, 08:39 PM
Definitely above and beyond the call of duty.

November 28, 2005, 08:52 PM

November 28, 2005, 08:59 PM
One of my friends was shot twice, once in the vest and once below during a gun fight. He didn't realize he was hit until he noticed his pants were wet. The wound was serious enough that caused his retirement. Luckier than the Man described above. My prayers go out for him and his family. Its a special person to run toward trouble when everyone else is running away.

November 29, 2005, 10:36 AM

November 29, 2005, 10:40 AM

Mr. James
November 29, 2005, 10:52 AM
Its a special person to run toward trouble when everyone else is running away.

Yep - Officer Dillard Stewart was one of the sheepdogs. Prayers for the repose of his soul, and for his widow and his children. May the Archangel Michael provide him escort home.

November 29, 2005, 11:12 AM
This is a tragedy. This guy died a hero trying to protect and serve.

But it is an article I will use in my CCW classes.

I already show a tape of the "attorney shooting" that happened on the sidewalk outside the Blake trial. It's the one wherein the attorney dodges behind the tree while the attacker blazes away from from about 24 inches.

The attorney is hit six times, albeit with a .22, and shows no immediate reacton to being shot six times, even though on the video you can see one bullet go through his upper arm.

I'll use this article too, for the same reason.

Handguns, no matter what caliber, are comparatively puny weapons, especially when compared to standard rifle calibers.

Too many people, even people who own guns, get their ideas of what handguns are like based on watching too many movies.

Yes, there are one-shot stops. Yes, there can be catastrophic damage caused by hits in certain areas at short range.

But lots of times, the person who is shot with a handgun might not even realize he's been hit.

There's a gruesome, but very instructional video out there called "Deadly Effects" that shows case after case of the same thing........people still running around and functioning even after sustaining completely lethal wounds from handguns.

The first one on the tape I saw was the infamous "Miami Massacre" shootout with the FBI. The bad guy took a non-survivable hit that tore away his aorta.

Even though he was a dead man on his feet, he still jumped from one car, maneuvered on two FBI agents, killed them both with a rifle, tried to start a second car, failed, jumped out, and ran back to the first car before he finally died behind the wheel.

Also on the same tape is the case of a man who was shot in the face with a .44 magnum, who still ran 400 yards and broke into a car before he died.

Handguns are relatively puny weapons, and are not to be trusted. They are better than a sharp-pointy stick or a a big rock, but they are still relatively puny weapons.

That's why the concept is "Shoot to stop."

You might shoot and kill the attacker, but before he bleeds out internally, he might knock you down and choke you to death first........which actually happened to a San Francisco cop who was a good friend of one of my 4-H rifle coaches. The cop shot a bad guy six times in the chest with a .38.

Before the bad guy expired, he knocked the cop down, jumped on his chest, and choked him to death.


November 29, 2005, 11:52 AM
I would ask, out of respect for the fallen officer and his loved ones that this thread does not become a flaming caliber war. I posted this out of respect to the officer and, while I realize the caliber is mentioned in the article we certainly don't have to denegrate the meory of this brave man by getting into a discussion best saved for another thread. I don't mind the decent discussion about calibers and all, just please cut out the snide remarks and keep this thread respectful in honor of the dead officer. Thanks.

Mr. James
November 29, 2005, 12:58 PM
Well said, Mr. Bartley, as regrettable as it is it had to even be said.

The Viking
November 29, 2005, 01:27 PM
Its a tragedy, but still: What an amazing man, who keeps running for TWO blocks, before realising that he has been shot in the heart. His heart musculature must have been made of steel wiring...

November 29, 2005, 02:20 PM
Brass ones, reall big brass ones...a sad loss indeed.

November 29, 2005, 04:00 PM
What a truly sad story.
My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of this officer.

November 29, 2005, 04:12 PM
Godspeed, protector. Godspeed.

St. Michael protect and guide you home.

1911 guy
November 29, 2005, 09:33 PM
My condolances and prayers go to his widow and children. My respect to the memory of a man doing his duty as he saw it to the best of his ability, which seems to have been great and dedicated ability.

November 29, 2005, 09:55 PM

Dave R
November 29, 2005, 09:59 PM
Sad, but also a great example of courage and duty.

We had an officer killed in Boise under somewhat similar circumstances. Shot while wearing body armor, but the bullet entered under an armpit. This was at close range, though.

November 29, 2005, 09:59 PM
Classy Reply:cuss:

My condolences to the officer and his family.

November 30, 2005, 11:06 AM
I see a lesson in this that the heroic officer would surely have approved of. Don't quit. Don't stop fighting until the fight is done. He didn't. Those of us who plan for the day we may have to pull the trigger should read this and realize that we, too, may be hit, nad badly at that, but that we can fight on, as this officer did. Hope and prayers for his family and friends.

And when our day is done,
Our course on Earth is run,
Let it be said "Well Done,
Be thou at peace."

Well done, be thou at peace.

November 30, 2005, 12:04 PM
Adrenaline does some cool things to people.....

God bless him and his family.

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