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Video: NYPD Officers Sprayed with Accelerant, Burned while Apprehending Murder Suspect

March 07, 2016  | 

VIDEO: NYPD Officers Sprayed with Accelerant, Burned while Apprehending Murder Suspect

Two NYPD officers were sprayed with an accelerant and burned on Sunday night in the final moments of a manhunt for a 23-year-old who went on a violent spree earlier in the day, authorities say.

The suspect, Patrick James Dillon, had slashed a woman, burned one man and fatally stabbed another before being shot in both legs by police, authorities told WPIX TV.

He was arrested in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, following the manhunt -- which involved "hundreds" of police officers -- according to the NYPD.

Dillon began his crime spree, police say, at around 11:20 a.m. when he slashed a 39-year-old female in the neck and face. He then reportedly stabbed a liquor store owner and sprayed gasoline on another man and lit him on fire. Police say all of the attacks appear to be random.

Inspector Scott Shanley and Lieutenant Andrew Childs, both of the NYPD critical response unit, spotted Dillon at 5:40 p.m. He had with him a bottle of accelerant and what appeared to be a small green kitchen knife, according to police.

Shanley and Childs were sprayed with the accelerant and burned in the confrontation. The two officers were taken to Cornell Medical Center. They have been treated and released.


Comments (4)

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kevCopAz @ 3/8/2016 3:31 PM

Nice to see the "bosses" are still working cops. Could this be an example of how recent anti cop retoric caused these officers to risk injury (and were intact injured) rather then use other force? Lethal force could have been used based on the few facts stated here. Obviously Taser was out (he had an accelerant) but why get so close to him? Ended well but seems cops are afraid to use their weapons now, especially NYCPD. Don't blame them at all, this is reality these days, sadly.

B. Scott. @ 3/8/2016 11:15 PM

Easy there Brett Farve. This story provides no info as to how the situation unfolded. Tactics tactics tactics yes. I can say for myself things happen and afterward my partner and I look at each other wondering how in the hell did we get here. That's just how it goes. I work for the Cincinnati police department. I would say we have the best training staff in the country. Every encounter will unfold as it does. Be prepared to meet the challenge.

plato's playdough @ 3/11/2016 3:08 AM

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2016/03/james-patrick-dillon-queens-crime-spree-astoria/

White dude's picture, what a loser, more story in url above.

KAY P @ 4/6/2016 11:20 PM

WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT QUALIFIED LEO'S? WHY WOULD ANYBODY WANT TO BE AN OFFICER? THEY ARE 'DAMNED IF THEY DO OR IF THEY DON'T". THE FEAR THEY HAVE TO ENCOUNTER! GOD BLESS OUR GUYS IN BLUE.

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