Received several calls from folks this afternoon at about 4:00 pm. They stated that numerous police vehicles/vans and helicopters were in the vicinity of Stop & Shop, Grand Avenue/74th Street and the roadway was closed. People exiting S&S were directed to 57th Avenue. Traffic was backed up.
Received a call from DI Cody, former Commanding Officer of 104th, who is now at 115th Precinct. Said he was one of the officers who responded to the call. Here's the story - relaying it the best I can:
Apparently an emotionally disturbed man was spotted walking railroad tracks in vicinity of Moffit Street in Brooklyn, 83rd Precinct. He began throwing rocks at police officers. He was later spotted at the Fresh Pond rail yard tracks and eventually materialized on the CSX tracks in the vicinity of Stop & Shop and some adjacent yards waving a machete. He somehow got on the roof of an auto business at 74-17 Grand Avenue. When he saw Emergency Service Officers, he dropped the machete, then picked up a hammer and at some point picked up a large chain (like one used to tow cars) and hit an Emergency Service Officer in the hand while he was attempting to taser him. The officer suffered minor injuries and the emotionally disturbed man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.
We want to thank DI Cody, 115th Precinct; DI Leyson, 110th Precinct; Captain Wachter, 114th Precinct; Lt. Lombardi, 104th Precinct and all the other officers who came to assist. Great job!!
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association