Someone with a gun in the city illegally? How is this possible?
and a story like this wouldn't be complete without complete deinial:The officers tried to stop Melendez near the corner of E. 119th St. and Lexington Ave. after they spotted him adjusting his waistband in a manner that suggested he was carrying a concealed handgun, police said.
Several witnesses reported hearing the officers yell, “Police! Stop!” as they confronted Melendez, who was packing a black, semi-automatic pistol, a police source said.
But Melendez ran away, heading east on E. 119th St., cops said. He whirled and fired at the officers near the corner of Third Ave. He was shot along Third Ave. near E. 120th St., cops said.
His mother, Mildred Faverey, 47, who visited Melendez in the hospital last night, said he went out with friends Saturday night after caring for his 8-month-old daughter.
“That’s not like my son,” Faverey said of the charges against him. “He wouldn’t do that.”
“He’s the greatest father to his daughter,” she added, wiping away tears. “He told me, ‘Mommy, trust me, I didn’t do what they said I did.’”