113th Pct.: Arrest & Homicide

ARREST - At approximately 11:18 p.m. on June 14, plain clothed officers from the 113th Precinct were on patrol in the vicinity of Merrick Boulevard and 119th Avenue when they observed a group engaged in a verbal dispute.

As officers drove pass the group, they observed a male remove a firearm from his waistband and discharge two rounds towards the group.

As the Sergeant and three police officers exited their unmarked vehicle, the suspect fled the location and threw the gun to the ground in the vicinity of Merrick Boulevard and Victoria Road. Pursuing officers apprehended the suspect at Merrick and Baisley Boulevards, without incident. Officers recovered a loaded .25 caliber Raven Arms gun at the location.

The suspect, Michael Jones, 19, is charged with criminal possession of a  weapon 2nd, reckless endangerment 1st, criminal possession of weapon 3rd, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration.

HOMICIDE - At 2:38 a.m. on June 14, inside of 125-22 Merrick Blvd., police responded to a call of a male shot.

Upon arrival, police observed the victim, Timothy Tripp, 35, of Jamaica, unconscious and unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his head and torso. EMS responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. There are no arrests at this time. The investigation is ongoing.