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NYC Corrections Officer Shot & Killed 18-Year-Old Who Fired Him With Orbeez Gun

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Off Duty New York City Corrections Officer Charged With Murder In The Shooting Death Of 18-Year-Old

An off-duty New York City correction officer accused of gunning down a Bronx teenager opened fire because he feared for his life his attorney said Friday — as the jail guard’s union came to his defense saying they think the incident has been portrayed unfairly.

Dion Middleton, 45, fired a single shot toward a car that allegedly killed 18-year-old Raymond Chaluisant after he felt a “stinging in his back” and saw a passenger in a car making a hand gesture, said Joey Jackson, who is the attorney for the correction officers’ union.

“I’m trying to provide context,” Jackson said in Bronx Criminal Court. “That context would suggest to the court that at the time my client discharged a single round, he was doing so under the belief that he was in immediate fear of death of his life.”

Benny Boscio, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, defended Middleton on Friday and called the type of water pistol “an ongoing threat to public safety.”

“While this incident remains under investigation, we are aware that the media has reported a number of things which are not based in facts,” Boscio said in a statement. “Our officer fired a single shot in a situation where he felt his life was in immediate danger, particularly after feeling something hit his back.”An NYPD traffic officer was also hit with pellets in the same vicinity, Boscio claimed.

“Toy guns no longer resemble toys, as the images of this water pistol demonstrate and they remain an ongoing threat to public safety,” said Boscio. “We will provide Officer Middleton with the best possible representation to ensure that his legal rights are protected.”

Several correction officers and Middleton’s family watched the court proceedings “His actions show that he does not intend to and definitely did not intend to at the time take any responsibility for the fact that he had just fired a round,” Siebel added.

The judge said he believed the correction officer was a flight risk and questioned if he had thought he was hit by a shot

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