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NYPD police Lt. Gary Abrahall says shot cops were the real heroes in Queens subway gunfight

Updated Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 11:10 AM

Lt. Gary Abrahall speaks to the press outside his Long Island home.Barcelo for News

Lt. Gary Abrahall speaks to the press outside his Long Island home.

The courageous NYPD lieutenant who ended a wild subway station gunfight by shooting a once-deported farebeater insisted Wednesday that he was no hero.

"The two cops who took the bullets _ they're the heroes," Lt. Gary Abrahall said outside his Long Island home. "I'm doing OK, once I found out the cops were going to be OK. That's my main concern."

Abrahall, after a sleepless night, spoke as one of the two cops wounded in the shootout recovered at home.

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Jason Maass, 28, was taken home late Tuesday night by family members and fellow cops - but not before visiting his more seriously injured partner at Elmhurst General Hospital.

"He was very worried about his partner," said Dario Centorcelli, spokesman for Elmhurst Hospital.

Officer Shane Farina was in stable condition after undergoing three hours of abdominal surgery at the hospital, Centorcelli said.

The officer was in good spirits, and managed to flash a thumbs-up after the operation.

"He feels lucky," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said after visiting Farina on Wednesday. While Abrahall downplayed his role in the gunfight, Kelly said he acted "appropriately and heroically ... He did an outstanding job."

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Farina, a four-year NYPD veteran, was still unable to speak because of a tube in his throat but was writing notes to family and friends, the spokesman said.

It was unclear when the 38-year-old officer might get out of the hospital, although Kelly said he would remain in the intensive care unit for at least a couple more days. A half-dozen police officers were keeping watch at his room, along with his wife, parents and brother.

"He's cheerful," Kelly said. "He loves the job, and he's looking forward to going back to work.

A bullet tore through the cloth in the side of Farina's bulletproof vest, ripping into the officer's side, striking his liver and fracturing a rib before exiting his chest, Kelly said.

The two officers were shot while arresting a farebeater who managed to get his hands on one of their guns.

Bullets flew through the 21st St./Queensbridge subway station just after 5 p.m., sending terrified rush-hour commuters diving for cover and scrambling for the exits.

Abrahall responded heroically, ending the gun battle by shooting the suspect four times, police said. He was treated for trauma at the same hospital as his wounded cohorts. "He was really shaken up," said Centorcelli.

Kelly identified the suspect as Raul Nuñez, 32, an illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic who had been deported in 2001 on drug charges.

Nuñez told cops Tuesday night that he shot the officers in a brazen attempt to escape because he feared he would be deported again, a police source said.

The suspect, who was shot in the legs and the torso, was in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital.

Kelly said Nuñez began fighting with the two officers when they tried to handcuff him.

"All three went to the ground. During the struggle, one of the officer's guns came loose" from his holster, Kelly said. "Nuñez grabbed it, stood up and fired at both officers while they were on the ground."

The wounded cops were both plainclothes members of the NYPD's Transit District 20, Kelly said. They were on a quality-of-life sweep, looking for fare-beaters and drug pushers, in an F-line station at 21st St. and 41st Ave.

 

 

 

 

   

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