Police: Man charged with 2 counts of attempted murder in shooting of NYPD officer from Long Island

Prosecutors say the bullet pierced Brett Boller's femoral artery and shattered his hip.

Caroline Flynn and Kevin Vesey

Apr 7, 2023, 9:25 AM

Updated 383 days ago


A 22-year-old man is being charged with two counts of attempted murder in the shooting Wednesday of an NYPD officer from Long Island, police say.
Police say Devin Spraggins, 22, of multiple New York City addresses, faced a judge late Friday afternoon at the Queens Criminal Courthouse and was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration.
Dozens of police officers packed the Queens courtroom when the suspect was arraigned.
Spraggins is accused of shooting rookie NYPD officer Brett Boller in Queens earlier this week.
Boller, 22, of Hauppauge, was one of the officers called to the scene because of a fight on an MTA bus over a seat.
According to police, the suspect pushed the officer before running off following a dispute over a seat. Once officers caught up with the suspect, police say he fired a bullet into the officer's hip. They also say the officer's partner shot at the suspect twice, but it's not clear if he was hit.
Prosecutors say the bullet pierced Boller's femoral artery and shattered his hip. He had surgery Friday to save his leg.
Officials said the family is grateful at the news of the charges.
Police said Spraggins is "not known" to New York City police in terms of previous arrests. Officers took Spraggins into custody at a Bronx residence Thursday night following an extensive investigation that involved a search warrant in Queens that led them to the Bronx.
They say they used surveillance video and social media to track down the suspect. They also say he changed his clothes and cut his hair to evade arrest.
"Computer workups on that residence revealed persons who had social media accounts," said NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig. "Detectives were able to quickly identify a possible match to our shooter."
Police said a 9 mm handgun was recovered from the scene of the arrest, and that a 9 mm shell casing and magazine were recovered at the shooting scene. Whether they are connected is still being determined.
"He's proved time and time again that he has no regard for life," says NYPD PBA President Pat Lynch. "He cares not what happens to the people in our city. If he'' shoot at a New York City police officer, he'll kill any of us."
Boller has only been on the force for three months, following in his father's footsteps by joining the NYPD. His mom says he graduated from Hauppauge High School in 2018 and was a student athlete who played baseball, basketball and soccer.
Courtesy: Hauppauge Union Free School District
If convicted, Spraggins could face a maximum of 80 years to life in prison. He is being held without bail.
The case is expected to go before a grand jury no later than Wednesday of next week.

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