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Man Convicted of Killing NYPD Officer in 1981 Dies in Jail

April 07, 2016  | 

A convicted cop-killing militant who went to jail for gunning down two NYPD officers on a Queens street in 1981, has died, officials said Monday.

Abdul Majid, 65, who was serving a 25-years-to-life sentence at the upstate Five Points Correctional Facility, died in a hospital over the weekend, according to a correction department spokesman, reports the New York Daily News.

A spokesman for the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's office said Majid died of natural causes — acute cholecystitis, which is an inflammation of the gall bladder.

Majid, who went by the name Anthony Laborde before landing in prison and converting to Islam, was convicted with an accomplice for the murder of Officer John Scarangella and the attempted murder of Officer Richard Rainey.

The two officers stopped a white van in St. Albans, Queens, at 10:30 April 1981 to question the two men inside about a series of local burglaries.

Majid and Black Liberation Army partner James Dixon-York emerged from the van with guns blazing, emptying their 15-shot, 9mm pistols at the officers.

Scarangella died after the attack. Rainey survived, but was forced to quit the department. He died last year.

Dixon-York died in prison in 2009.

Majid was scheduled for a parole hearing next month.

Comments (6)

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kevCopAz @ 4/7/2016 6:11 PM

This scum died over 30 years too late, we supported him all this time when he should have been executed within a reasonable time after his conviction.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/7/2016 7:29 PM

All cop killers need to be speedily executed after their trial. Justice.

Percy @ 4/7/2016 8:49 PM

They need to be found guilty first.

Amazing how much of a pedastel you people put yourselves on.

I've heard that other people are also killed, some by le and not always justified.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/7/2016 9:37 PM

Cop killers need to be executed instead of lingering on in prison for decades and possibly getting paroled. Its just not right to parole a murderer of any kind for any reason. I don't care if they converted to Christianity, they still need to pay for their crimes.

kevCopAz @ 4/8/2016 3:03 PM

As always Percy you do not know what you speak of. Any citizen killed (innocently) is a tragedy and the perpatrator should be punished. There are "special circumstances" where the Death Penalty is warranted, child, sexual, for profit, several victims, police and others I do not list. There is a reason for each one. Not that the victim's life is worth more, but the circumstances are worse then other homicides both to the victim (torture/sex etc) and also to society. The Death Penalty is the ultimate prevention tool for a person who kills another. Child killers, mass killers, "professional/ for profit" killers and those that kill police who represent ALL of society harm more then the victim they kill, they harm society to a great extent so an example must be made about those actions. This is why death should always be the sentence for anyone who intentionally kills an officer in the line of duty (or a child etc) Society deserves it, not so much for the victim or family but for society.

Retired NY Boss @ 4/8/2016 6:41 PM

Had the pleasure of dealing with both of them. A great pair of fellows.

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