Man shot dead in Borough Hall subway station

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A retired corrections officer shot and killed a man inside of the Borough Hall subway station on Tuesday night after a verbal dispute escalated into a physical fight, police said.

The authorities said the two men were arguing on the mezzanine level of the station at 6:38 pm. The two then started to fight and the 69-year-old gunman fired a single shot, striking the man in the torso, cops said.

Emergency personnel responded and took the man, Gilbert Drogheo, a 32-year-old from the Harlem section of Manhattan, to Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he died, police said.

No charges have been filed and an investigation into the killing is ongoing, according to police officials.

Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer on Wednesday morning that retired prison guards are allowed to carry firearms to keep themselves safe from the prisoners they used to guard.

“A correction officer, just like a police officer or any other law enforcement officer, when he or she retires from the agency, has the right if they choose to — to carry a personal protection weapon,” he said. “We deal with some of the most violent individuals in society, and god forbid you run into this person at another time or another place.”

He elaborated in a statement to The Brooklyn Paper, saying that the former jailer acted properly in killing Drogheo.

“It appears that the officer did everything he was required,” Seabrook said. “We will follow this case very closely and would hope that the public doesn’t rush to judgment. It’s unfortunate that a man lost his life. However, I’m happy the officer showed regards for public safety and did not just randomly start shooting.”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
Let's rethink allowing loonies from Generation Lead to carry firearms, period.
March 11, 2015, 5:37 pm
MSG from Horrywood says:
Good riddance, that dude had a rap sheet a mile long!
March 12, 2015, 8:59 am
accountability from the Streets says:
When you step into the ring, you have to expect the other guy to do what he needs to do. If your not prepared for the consequences, stay out of the ring and walk on by. A simple "sorry man" is often the best course in most cases.

If you have nothing to prove - you'll have nothing to loose
March 12, 2015, 9:42 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Good riddance to bad trash
March 12, 2015, 10:23 am
you from conscience says:
The dude ran after him and shot him. Old man killed in cold blood. You simpletons can never get passed past criminal records. Cold blooded murder by someone who wanted to, but couldn't become a real cop but is allowed to carry a gun. Old man's feelings were hurt and he just wasn't going to take it. He should spend his remaining years in a cell.
March 18, 2015, 9:14 am
Lenny from Brooklyn says:
Maybe we should protest for that one too, let's call al sharpton!!! Ha, maybe we should protest and say white cops are targeting us because we are dark skin... Hahaha, clowns, give me a break.. Shoot them all, bang bang, monkeys
March 24, 2015, 1:55 pm
Lenny from Brooklyn says:
It's getting old and boring now, last time we checked black people are doing just fine, they are in everything and more power to them I have no problem with them, but slavery is way in the past, hundreds and hundreds of years ago... It's getting old now stop complaining...
March 24, 2015, 1:59 pm

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