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Off-duty cop nabs shooting suspect after daughter’s birthday celebration.

This arrest is brought to you by the letters N-Y-P-D. An off-duty Bronx cop who’d just celebrated his daughter’s first birthday at a performance of “Sesame Street Live” at Madison Square Garden spotted a wanted shooter from his precinct outside the venue — and made the bust. “I had a quick glance and I noticed...
Time: 20:16     Date: 14.02.2018
Metro News: Off-duty cop nabs shooting suspect after daughter’s birthday celebration. NY Post 24 - US News

An off-duty Bronx cop who’d just celebrated his daughter’s first birthday at a performance of “Sesame Street Live” at Madison Square Garden spotted a wanted shooter from his precinct outside the venue — and made the bust.

“I had a quick glance and I noticed somebody who was wanted for a shooting in my precinct,” police officer Daniel Kern, 28, told The Post on Wednesday. “It was like a double take moment.”

He immediately recognized him as the man who shot 21-year-old Rakeim Murray in Washington Heights in April 2017, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

“Hey, babe,” Kern, who was unarmed and without his handcuffs, told his wife. “Grab the baby.”

The quick-thinking cop went to find help, telling his dad to keep an eye on Brito.

Kern couldn’t find any other NYPD officers but tracked down two National Guardsman. One of them went into Penn Station to find more officers.

But Brito became jumpy and walked inside the station.

“Two MTA officers were walking up the escalator and walked right past him,” Kern said.

The officer, whose been on the force for five years, figured it was now or never, so he went for it, running across the street to the escalator.

“I bear hugged him and grabbed his arms and tried to see if he had any weapons,” Kern said. “I was able to hold him. The two officers cuffed him up for me and that was it. It was definitely him.”

The arrest was over in seven or eight minutes.

“At that time, I just knew I had to get him,” Kern said.

Brito was taken to the Bronx for processing and told cops that he was firing at another man on 183rd Street and Davidson Avenue. He said he hit Murray by accident.

Brito was held on $350,000 bail or $400,000 bond at his arraignment on attempted murder charges.

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