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Three separate incidents in the 70th Precinct last month resulted in the arrest of an alleged killer, and three guns taken off the street.

It also earned the seven police officers involved in the arrests “Cops of the Month” awards at the recent 70th Precinct Community council meeting.

In the arrest of the killer, Officers Omar Galindo and James Gale responded to a shots fired call at about 5 p.m., April 20 on East 24th Street and Foster Avenue.

Upon coming to the crime scene, Gale attempted to assist the victim, who was shot several times, including once in the chest.

Meanwhile, Galindo canvassed the area, where a witness gave a description of the shooter and said they saw him enter a white ‘dollar” van on Flatbush Avenue.

The two cops put the description over the radio, and foot patrol officers James Hansen and John Weiburg spotted a white “dollar’ van at Flatbush and Church Avenues.

The two cops stopped the van and ordered everybody out. The last person who came out fit the description of the perpetrator.

Hansen recalled that the shooter attempted to reach for his gun, but the two cops stopped him and made the arrest.

“We didn’t think he would be the actual killer until he was ID’d at the scene,” said Weiburg.

The second incident occurred at about 4 a.m. April 11 at East 23rd Street and Ditmas Avenue when the crimefighting duo of officers Hiram Riffas and Janet Pena, while on routine patrol, spotted a black male pointing a gun at another black male.

When the perpetrator spotted the cops, he pointed the gun at them. At this point the two officers drew their weapons and had them pointed toward the floor of the squad car.

Suddenly, the man with the gun took off and Riffas left the squad car on pursuit, while Pena followed behind in the squad car.

After a two−block chase, the perpetrator turned and pointed his gun at Riffas, who lunged and tackled the man, rather than shooting him, and the two cops made the collar, recovering the weapon without incident.

In the the third incident, Officer Charles Delgado was on patrol at about 3 a.m., April 18 off Flatbush Avenue, when they responded to a fight that broke out.

Upon responding to the scene, the perpetrators took off in different directions with Delgado in pursuit one way while his partner went another way.

Ultimately, Delgado, who saw action in Iraq, caught up with the perpetrator and while still struggling to make the collar, he felt a weapon in his waistband and it fell to the ground.

At this point the perpetrator yelled for his partner to pick up the gun.

Delgado, thinking fast, grabbed for his own weapon and made the collar without further incident.

In handing out the “Cop of the Month” certificates, 70th Precinct Commanding Officer Dep. Inspector Ralph Monteforte praised all seven officers.

These are all heroes who were able to make these arrests without anybody getting hurt or shot, he said.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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