NYPD officer with past brutality arrests charged with firing gun into ocean in Long Beach

Detectives says say David Afandor, 39, was found firing several rounds into the ocean. Police say he had a loaded gun and three high-capacity magazines.

News 12 Staff

Mar 23, 2021, 12:22 AM

Updated 1,128 days ago

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An NYPD officer who has been arrested twice for alleged brutality is now facing new accusations of firing a pistol into waters off Long Beach while off-duty.
Long Beach police say they responded to reports of shots fired early Sunday morning around 6 a.m. near Franklin Boulevard and Ocean Beach Park.
Detectives says say David Afanador, 39, was found firing several rounds into the ocean. Police say he had a loaded gun and three high-capacity magazines.
Police say Afanador was not allowed to carry a gun because of his previous arrests.
Police say Afanador also gave the gun to one of the people he was with -- Jennifer Sonnick of Long Beach -- and they say she also shot the gun into the water.
The NYPD confirmed that Afandor is suspended without pay from the department and isn't allowed to carry or use a gun.
Afanador was also arrested in June 2020 for allegedly using an illegal chokehold on a Black man on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The NYPD officer was also acquitted in 2016 on charges that he pistol-whipped a teen suspect, breaking two of his teeth.
Afanador and Sonnick went before a judge Monday, and were both charged with criminal possession of a weapon and prohibited use of a weapon.


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