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Cops kill gunman in Bronx subway shootout

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mikebnice, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. Mikebnice

    Mikebnice Well-Known Member

    [Detectives said Calves got off five rounds from a gun that had been stolen from a car in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002] There is a surprise:what: a BG with a stolen gun

    [Police said Calves died on the spot. He had been paroled to immigration authorities in 2005 but because he came to the U.S. from Cuba, he was not deported.



    Two plainclothes transit cops shot a gunman dead on a crowded Bronx subway platform yesterday in a firefight that left their female partner wounded.

    Officer Annmarie Marchiondo, 40, also working in civilian clothes, was shot three times - in the left foot, right ankle and right side just below her bulletproof vest. At least 18 shots were exchanged, and cops were investigating whether any of her wounds were the result of friendly fire.

    Marchiondo, a 17-year veteran who grew up in Middle Village, Queens, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was in stable condition, police said.

    Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Marchiondo and "police officers like her are the reason the New York City subways are the safest in memory."

    The rush-hour shootout turned a routine commute into mayhem for riders on a southbound 4 train as it pulled into the 176th St. station a little after 5p.m.

    The gun battle sent scores of passengers screaming in terror out of the elevated station and down to the street below, where passersby already were running for cover.

    "Oh, my God, I was scared," said Moses Castillo, 48, who owns an auto shop on the street near the station. "People were diving into the street. Everyone else was running and cops were everywhere."

    Investigators said the drama began when cops spotted Juan Calves, 51, and Anthony Vasquez, 43, standing between cars on the train.

    A police source said the pair had been harassing riders. "They were acting like knuckleheads," he said.

    Since nearly one in three between-car riders has outstanding warrants or is bent on wrongdoing, according to police statistics, the cops decided to chat with Calves and Vasquez.

    Both men were ordered off the train, but Calves, who has done time for robbery and killed a man while imprisoned in Attica in 1984, didn't go quietly.

    Once on the platform, he grabbed Marchiondo in a headlock, pulled a 9-mm. handgun as she struggled free and then opened fire, police said.

    Detectives said Calves got off five rounds from a gun that had been stolen from a car in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002. Then the other two cops dropped him with a fusillade of 13 shots. Marchiondo's female partner fired eight times and her male partner five times.

    "I heard it all, and at first I thought it was kids fooling around with firecrackers," said token booth clerk Arthur Menzies.

    But he said he knew something serious had happened when more than a dozen frightened straphangers bolted through the turnstiles and down the stairs to Jerome Ave.

    "They were just running, running really fast," he said. "Everything was topsy-turvy."

    Charlotte Rivera, 34, a coffee shop supervisor with a clear view of the platform, said she saw a man in a bulletproof vest holding a gun on Calves while Marchiondo "was in the middle of the platform screaming."

    She said Calves was "bleeding and shaking like in a convulsion ... then he stopped."

    Police said Calves died on the spot. He had been paroled to immigration authorities in 2005 but because he came to the U.S. from Cuba, he was not deported.

    Vasquez, who has 18 prior arrests, surrendered without a struggle.

    The shootout brought dozens of cops to the station, which was closed for hours during the investigation.

    "The police came so fast they almost fell on top of each other when they went up the stairs," said Jaccary Jangana, 8, who watched it all from the street.

    Later, a line of cops carried Marchiondo, who was clad in a white T-shirt and jeans, down to a patrol car on the street, said Jason Ramos, 26.

    "They had her arms and her legs and they were careful as they came down in kind of like a caterpillar line," he said.

    Neighbors of Marchiondo's parents in Middle Village said a patrol car whisked the retired couple to St. Barnabas to see their daughter.

    The neighbors remembered Marchiondo as a pleasant and friendly person who had moved away 13 years ago.

    Mayor Bloomberg blamed the "plague of guns in the hands of criminals" for the cop's shooting and said Congress must help put tighter controls on them because "it's something we can't do ourselves."

    "Nobody's trying to take away your Second Amendment rights to bear arms," the mayor said at St. Barnabas, but "we have to do something to get the guns out of the hands of criminals."

    "Our officers are in the line of fire every day, and we should protect them," he said
  2. igpoobah

    igpoobah Well-Known Member

    Am I reading that right? 1/3 of subway riders have warrants or would-be criminals???
  3. Mannix

    Mannix Well-Known Member

    No, they're talking about people riding between the individual cars, but I still hate the "guilty until proven innocent" mentality.
  4. Bubba Bleu

    Bubba Bleu New Member

    between-car riders?

    Could someone please explain what a "between-car rider" is? How are these cars connected and why would someone ride between them?
  5. Davo

    Davo Well-Known Member

    Uhh excuse me, I thought that was ILLEGAL.
  6. pharmer

    pharmer Well-Known Member

    That rotten SOB was bad news. Should never have been on the street. Got what was due. Joe
  7. Geronimo45

    Geronimo45 Well-Known Member

    A guy who came in the country illegally obtained a gun illegally, and then proceeded to illegally shoot at a cop.

    Bloomberg's right. It's those law-abiding gun owners you've got to watch out for.

    Prayers for a speedy recovery for the injured officer.
  8. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Well-Known Member

    this is 2 subway stops from my campus at Fordham rd. so about 15 blocks from my campus.

    not a word about it from campus security.
  9. Rokyudai

    Rokyudai Well-Known Member

    Hey Bubba

    Between car riders are people that choose to occupy the section between two adjoined subway cars for anything from sneaking a cigarette to much more nefarious activity. Anyone can move between cars. You open up the door at the ends, walk about 4 ft to the next door, open it and you are in the next car. These areas are small, dark, loud, obscured from most average rider's sight (much less interest).... i.e. easy to ambush from.
  10. saspic

    saspic Well-Known Member

    Sooo...Bloomberg openly admits he is ineffective and powerless against crime. Why did anybody vote for this guy?
    Like attacking lawful gun owners and gunstores? I guess that's the only option when you are completely incapable of leading effective law enforcement initiatives against the actual wrongdoers.:fire::cuss:
  11. Fisherman_48768

    Fisherman_48768 Well-Known Member

    Geronimo45, you can thank Jimmy Carter for this one. When Pres Carter accepted the Mariel Cubans way back when. Fidel emptied out his prisons and mental institutions and shipped them to us. The Cuban didn't enter the US illegally he was welcomed in with open arms and wallets, gratis of the tax payers that are now the prey.
    There was something like 25K Mariels shipped in that were criminals before they even got here. I know that at least 1200 of them were returned to Cuban after years of negotiations.
    You can thank a Democrat for this one. Those that did get deported were done so under Republican administrations when the repat program was stopped it was under a Democrats' leadership.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2007

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