John Jeff, an off-duty NYC correction officer was fatally shot
An off-duty New York City correction officer was was fatally shot in the head and chest after leaving a Queens party Saturday morning.
Authorities say, John Jeff, 28, was walking down Ridgedale Street near DeFoe Street in Jamaica around 3 a.m. when he was shot in the head and chest.
“I heard a few gunshots go off. It sounded a little far, but I could still hear it,” Jamaica resident Angeline Simeon said.
Police sources tell Eyewitness News that a female fellow correction officer was with Jeff at the time and she was the one who called 911.
He later died at Jamaica Hospital.
Sources say it appears Jeff’s killing was planned.
Earlier in the night, he and the woman had left the party.
When they were driving back to the party, they were boxed in by three cars and, sources say, a suspect got out of one of the cars and shot Jeff.
We’re told the suspect then grabbed Jeff’s department-issued gun out of his holster and used it to shoot him several times before taking off with the gun.
Jeff was a correction officer at Rikers Island. He had been on the job just over two years, and colleagues say he was well-liked and highly regarded by those he worked with.
When officers arrived, Jeff had an empty holster on his hip, so police are investigating the possibility that the officer’s handgun was taken by the shooter before or after the attack.
The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association has put out a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.
It’s just one of a slew of violent encounters across the city from Friday into Saturday.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in