Officer shot during off-duty car buy attempt succumbs to his injuries, NYPD in mourning

A New York City police officer, who was shot in the head by a vicious thug when an off-duty attempt to purchase a car went terribly wrong, has died, the day after his killer was arrested using the now-deceased cop’s handcuffs.

New York City’s finest along with other first responders turned out at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn to pay tribute to their fallen brother, 26-year-old Officer Adeed Fayaz, a five-year veteran of the force who was lured into a dark alleyway and shot in the head by a career criminal during an attempted robbery after he and his brother-in-law arranged the purchase of the vehicle on Facebook Marketplace over the weekend.

When they went to buy the Honda Pilot, the two were reportedly led into the alley by Randy “Popper” Jones, a 38-year-old miscreant with an extensive rap sheet dating back decades who “almost immediately” opened fire on them in an attempt to steal the $24,000 in cash that the pair had brought with them for what they had every reason to believe would be a routine business transaction, Daily Mail reported.

(Video: The Daily Mail)

Fayaz was struck in the temple by a bullet that exited through the back of his skull as his brother-in-law reportedly pulled the gun from his holster and returned fire at Jones who fled the scene in a black BMW SUV that was registered to his mother.

Following the Saturday night incident, the gravely injured Fayaz was transported to the hospital where he would later perish from his wounds. Cops tracked Jones down, making the arrest on Monday after he was located at a hotel in Rockland County where he was holed up with his girlfriend and her two children, being perp-walked while wearing Officer Fayaz’s handcuffs.

Included among Jones’ impressive criminal track record are 22 arrests for a variety of crimes, some violent, he has been booked for harassment, grand larceny, and strangulation according to media reports, and was wanted on a 2019 traffic and vehicle-related warrant when he was taken into custody.

“I hope you rot in hell,” Ahmen Nasser, a 57-year-old former NYPD officer, said of Jones, according to the New York Daily News. “What can you say about a police officer? It’s someone who dedicated their life to serve and protect. And he’s family man. A good man. He will be dearly missed.”

Officer Fayez was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, the victim of a senseless act of violence that leaves his two young children fatherless and loved ones and fellow law enforcement officers grieving.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of NYPD Police Officer Adeed Fayaz, a devoted public servant, husband, father, brother, and son. A five-year veteran of the NYPD, PO Fayaz served the 66 Precinct community with exceptional compassion and care. Our thoughts are with his family, colleagues, and loved ones at this difficult time. #neverforget,” the NYPD wrote on its Facebook page.

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Fayaz’s family was at his bedside when he was removed from life support.

“Great person, great father,” a close friend of the family who was a the hospital told the New York Daily News. “He liked to play around with [the kids] and take them out. Very good father. It’s devastating to imagine his kids growing up without a father.”

Hundreds of first responders turned out to pay their respects to the fallen officer on Tuesday.

(Video: YouTube/CBS New York)

“It’s a difficult day. You see police officers standing shoulder to shoulder with tears in their eyes,” said Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.

Jones was charged with attempted murder, which is expected to be upgraded to murder now that Officer Fayez has died.

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