Bryan Martinez, a 30-year-old acquaintance of an off-duty police officer, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault in Yonkers, New York. The incident occurred on Tuesday near Tompkins Ave. and Railroad Ave., where Martinez opened fire on the officer, hitting him in the arm. Yonkers officials stated that the shooting appeared to be a targeted attack stemming from a personal dispute between Martinez and the victim, whose name has been identified as Officer Bencosme. The officer managed to escape the scene and drove himself to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.
Following the incident, Yonkers police tracked down Martinez to a location in Port Chester and took him into custody without any resistance. He was charged on Thursday and appeared in court on Friday, where he was ordered to be held without bail. Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza expressed the city’s zero-tolerance policy towards violence, particularly when it involves an off-duty police officer.
Officer Bencosme had previously been assigned to the NYPD Court Section but was placed on modified assignment earlier this year due to a domestic dispute, resulting in the removal of his gun and shield. The exact nature of the personal dispute between Martinez and Bencosme has not been disclosed by authorities.