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Video: NYPD Rookie Shot by Wanted Bus Fare Scofflaw

February 27, 2014  | 

VIDEO: NYPD Rookie Shot by Wanted Bus Fare Scofflaw

An NYPD rookie — just two months out of the Police Academy — was shot in both legs Wednesday when he and his partner pulled a gun-toting fare-beater from a city bus, the New York Post reports.

Rookie Officer James Li, 26, and his partner Randy Chow were on routine patrol in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when they spotted two men entering the backdoor of a B46 bus without paying. The cops boarded the bus, which was southbound on Utica Ave, about 5 p.m. and removed both suspects.

One of the men, identified by cops as Rashaun Robinson, took off running. Robinson, 28, allegedly whirled toward the officers, whipped out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and from 10 feet away squeezed off three shots.

Robinson, who has six city arrests on his record and a drug warrant from Pennsylvania, was busted in a nearby building without more shots being fired.
Cops found the weapon used in the shootout on him, and Chow identified the perp as the gunman who shot his partner.

Robinson, 28, was charged Thursday with attempted murder of a police officer, weapons possession, assault, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment in the wild Brooklyn street shootout, police told the newspaper.

Two off-duty paramedics performed first aid on Officer Li.


Comments (14)

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Mrf @ 2/27/2014 3:02 PM

I thought guns were illegal in NY. Maybe they need to pass more laws to handicap law abiding citizens. It's obvious the criminals don't give two drops of pee for their laws.

Samuel @ 2/27/2014 3:23 PM

Mrf is correct: guns are illegal in NYC. Except for buddies of politicians, the politically-connected, high-level bureaucrats, the Kennedy political clan, and of course, violent criminals.

jon @ 2/27/2014 3:59 PM

What do u expect from King Cuomo's communist republic of New York...I bet the liberals in NYC will demand more gun control after they here about this incident...

rlw @ 2/27/2014 4:28 PM

First, as a retired NYPD police officer I think the FDNY EMT's deserve a standing ovation. In an age when most people can only stand by and videotape the cops they stepped forward, even at personal risk, to assist the downed police officer. Bravo. EMS has never received the glory and honor that the firefighters and the cops have. Today they shine.
Second, it is about time that NY joins the modern age and allows its law abiding citizens access to CCW permits so that the police are not alone (and grossly outnumbered) in their ability to return fire against the lawless cowards of our society.
Last but not least - Godspeed to the injured officer for a full and complete recovery. Thank God for your service.

Bman @ 2/27/2014 8:03 PM

You guys beat me to it. I thought New Yorks SAFE act and the liberal program of only rewarding politically connected rich people the right to carry made state and city of New York the safest city there is. You guys are right though, they will ignore the fact that their laws aren't working and yet want more gun control on law abiding citizens. Good job ti rescue folks and to his partners for catching this loser.

Capt. Crunch @ 2/28/2014 7:46 PM

@Bman, I want you to know that the Liberal program would have worked but White Castle, forgot to put their "no guns allowed " sign up in their window. If the suspect saw the sign he would not have used his 45cal. pistol. Shame on you for blaming the liberals. LOL

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/1/2014 1:45 AM

With more and more people allowed to exercise their right to carry a gun these types of shootings will become common place nationwide. Get well Officer Li and if possible return to duty!

plato's playdough @ 3/1/2014 4:20 AM

OK, there's a little more to this story. See

Then see

plato's playdough @ 3/1/2014 4:30 AM

Now focusing on some select paragraphs:
Fare evasion in the subway and bus systems costs the Metropolitan Transportation Authority an estimated $90 million a year. But fare evaders, the authorities say, are a dangerous scourge. Every day along the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 311 city bus routes, drivers who demand that fares be paid frequently face vicious abuse. Defiant fare beaters curse drivers, spit on them and sometimes attack them, officials say. Unlike subway drivers who are shielded from passengers’ emotions by a thick metal door, many bus drivers are fully exposed to the moods of the fickle city commuter. Drivers interviewed on Thursday said fare increases and service cuts had left passengers increasingly disgruntled and more prone to confrontation. Bus operators train to observe and gauge the situation,” said Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the authority. “They are instructed to remind the customer of the fare, but are ...trained to avoid conflict.”

plato's playdough @ 3/1/2014 4:31 AM

The baddest bus in the city is the B46, which runs through parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and East Flatbush, officials said. The distinction is based on fare evasion, assaults on drivers and passengers, and other factors.

There were 99 assaults on operators in 2013, 10 more than in 2012, according to the transportation authority. As of Feb. 23, the Police Department had made 26 arrests and issued 88 criminal court summonses related to city buses. There are no specific rules governing how an operator is supposed to engage a fare evader.

In 2008, the transportation authority began deploying “Eagle teams” on some buses to provide extra security. Typically made up of unarmed retired law enforcement officers, the Eagle teams patrol buses on problem routes and dole out $100 summonses to fare beaters. Most commonly, they have patrolled routes served by Select Bus Service, which requires passengers to pay at a special machine at the bus stop and show a receipt before boarding.

plato's playdough @ 3/1/2014 4:33 AM

Since the 1990s, the department has focused on arresting low-level offenders like fare evaders on the theory that such arrests could also net more serious criminals.

The perils were laid bare on Wednesday, when a person suspected of evading a fare drew a .45-caliber handgun and fired three times at two police officers who had just pulled him off a B46 bus in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. One officer, James Li, was hit in the legs, but survived, and the suspect was arrested a short time later in a nearby apartment building.

There were 99 assaults on operators in 2013, 10 more than in 2012, according to the transportation authority. As of Feb. 23, the Police Department had made 26 arrests and issued 88 criminal court summonses related to city buses.

There are no specific rules governing how an operator is supposed to engage a fare evader.

plato's playdough @ 3/1/2014 4:35 AM

Word of the shooting spread quickly among drivers, and on Thursday many wondered what would have happened had the police officers not been present. Most often, they said, it is the driver alone who is left to confront fare evaders.

“If the driver would have said something, it could have been him,” said a driver on the B46 route who agreed to be identified only as Mary Sue. “I need to be packing,” she said, forming two pistols with her hands.

John Paul Patafio, the vice president of Transit Authority Surface, the union representing bus drivers who are based in Brooklyn, said he had advised all of his members to ignore fare evaders.

“At the end of the day, it’s really not worth getting into a fight,” he said. “It’s a $2.50 fare; the authority is not going to go broke.”

**Now really, don't you have a better picture of it all now, once put "like that?"

plato's playdough @ 3/1/2014 4:47 AM

Oops sorry for the duplication of lines. But here is my question.

If the purpose for targeting fare jumpers is to identify criminal offenders, identify those with outstanding warrants, or identify those whose fortune led them to be doled out a 100 dollar summons...

Why was the fare-jumper who had the .45, Rashun Robinson, released, who then turned to fire on the Police?

Scratchety Scratch...??

DEADMAN @ 3/1/2014 12:11 PM

I always treated every fare dispute on a city bus or train as an armed confrontation,everybody is armed,no surprises,everry fare dispute was an aggravated robbery.
Hope the injured officers recovers fast,stay safe blue,put that liberal judge who sandbagged the stop and frisk on a bus with no working radio.With this new mayor,the outlaws are in town to celebrate.

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