When Charles Mozdir, 32, was arrested in Coronado, Calif., near San Diego two years ago for molesting a 7 year old child he was baby sitting. He somehow managed to make bail, and promptly disappeared.
Mozdir’s car was found shortly after he failed to appear in court, abandoned in a field in Georgia. That was the last lead the police had until they received information that he was working in a smoke shop in Greenwich Village in New York City — after a segment about him aired on John Walsh’s “The Hunt” on CNN.
On Monday 2 U.S. Marshals and an NYPD detective went to the store and after the detective ascertained that Mozdir was alone in the store, the three entered together to make the arrest. Immediately upon seeing the three officers Mozdir opened fire at close range injuring all three officers before they shot and killed him.
The worst injured was the NYPD detective who was shot in the torso just outside of the area covered by the bullet proof vest credited with saving his life. The Marshals sustained less serious injuries, with one being shot in the leg and the other in the elbow. All three are expected to fully recover.
Mozdir’s weapon was recovered along with another 20 rounds of ammunition that he had in his possession at the time of the shootout.
Here’s WNBC4‘s report on the aftermath of the shootout.
Here’s an earlier WNBC4 report shortly after Mozdir got killed in the shootout.
Here’s the WNBC4 report on how the bullet-proof vest likely saved the NYPD detective’s life.
h/t and photo: WNBC4