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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2012


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of LUIS MARTINEZ, 25, on charges of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree for firing at two uniformed NYPD officers on the Lower East Side last month, striking one officer.[1]

“Our police officers risk their lives every day to protect civilians from harm,” said District Attorney Vance. “A metal gun magazine and its leather pouch was all that stood in the way of a bullet piercing an officer’s abdomen, after he was fired upon by this defendant. Thankfully, the officer was not seriously injured.”

According to the felony complaint previously filed in this case, at approximately 1:40 a.m., on February 27, 2012, MARTINEZ was approached by two New York City police officers patrolling the area on Columbia Street near the Bernard M. Baruch Houses. The defendant fired multiple shots from a pistol at Officer Thomas Richards and Officer Thomas Dunne. One of the bullets that MARTINEZ fired from the pistol hit the Officer Thomas Richards’s magazine pouch and magazine that was attached to his waist and prevented it from entering his abdomen. Both officers returned fire and chased after the defendant as he fled the scene. The defendant again shot at the officers as he was running away. A bullet discharged from one of the police officer’s weapons hit the defendant in his buttock.

Assistant District Attorney Joel Seidemann and Assistant District Attorney Tiana Walton are handling the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50.

Defendant Information:

LUIS MARTINEZ, D.O.B. 02/23/1987


  • Attempted Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony, two counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts


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[1]The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.