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Crime & Cases May 28, 2015  RSS feed

Police Beat

Compiled by
Robert Pozarycki and Angy Altamirano


Photo via Property Shark/Christopher Bride Photo via Property Shark/Christopher Bride 106th Precinct

South central Queens

Alleged Resorts World Casino killer fatally shot by cops in Brooklyn

A 51-year-old woman was shot and killed in the parking lot at the Resorts World Casino early in the morning of May 26 by her ex-boyfriend, who was later killed in a shootout with police in Brooklyn, according to authorities.

The victim — Patricia Mohammed of East 39th Street in Flatbush — was shot multiple times in the torso by 51-year-old Dalton Branch at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park at about 2:20 a.m., police said. She was later transported to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to the Daily News, the incident occurred after Branch — a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident who was the victim’s ex-boyfriend and works for a charter bus affiliated with the casino — saw the 51-year-old woman kiss her new boyfriend in the casino’s parking lot.

Branch then reportedly opened fired at the woman and her boyfriend, who managed to escape unharmed, before heading back into his white Dodge Charger and fleeing to Brooklyn.

Officers assigned to the Queens Warrant Squad, while traveling in a white unmarked van, reportedly spotted Branch’s vehicle in a parking lot in the area of Stanley and Pennsylvania avenues at about 5:53 a.m.

When the three officers approached the car, Branch displayed a gun and fired several shots at the van, police said. The officers then exchanged fire, striking Branch multiple times about the body.

Paramedics rushed Branch to Brookdale University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police recovered a .380-caliber firearm and additional bullets at the scene.

The three officers involved in the shooting were treated at Jamaica Hospital for tinnitus.

An investigation is ongoing.

“Resorts World is heartbroken by the tragedy that occurred earlier this morning in the casino’s parking lot. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with the NYPD in the investigation into this incident,” said a Resorts World Casino New York City spokesperson.

112th Precinct

Forest Hills and Rego Park

Woman found dead inside Rego Park apartment building

An investigation is ongoing regarding the death of a 40-year-old woman in a Rego Park apartment on the morning of May 25.

Officers from the 112th Precinct were called to the apartment on 63rd Drive near Carlton Street sometime before 8:15 a.m. and discovered the woman in a third-floor unit.

Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced her dead; her body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

Her identity was not disclosed by police pending family notification.