Yonkers Police Catch Suspect in Shooting of Off-Duty NYPD OfficerNovember 18, 2023
The bold gunman who attacked an off-duty NYPD cop in Yonkers earlier this week, hitting the officer in the arm, was an acquaintance of the wounded police officer who sought to resolve a “personal dispute,” authorities said Saturday.
Bryan Martinez, 30, faces attempted murder and assault charges for shooting at Police Officer Jorge Bencosme on Tompkins Ave. near Railroad Ave. — a short distance from the Saw Mill River Parkway — on Tuesday.
The off-duty cop, a six-year veteran of the NYPD, was stuck in traffic on his way to the parkway around 11:30 a.m. when Martinez approached and opened fire, Yonkers officials said.
The gunman fired 13 rounds at Bencosme, hitting him in the right arm.
“This appears to be a targeted attack at this time and there is no standing risk to the general public,” a Yonkers Police Department spokesman said.
The cop managed to drive to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.
A few hours later, Yonkers police located Martinez in Port Chester after identifying his getaway vehicle. Martinez was taken into custody without incident and charged Thursday.
Local schools in Port Chester went on lockdown around 4 p.m. Tuesday as Martinez was apprehended.
He was ordered held without bail during a brief court appearance Friday.
“We do not stand for acts of violence in this City, let alone violence that amounts to gunshots being fired at an off-duty Police Officer,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said.
Investigators said Martinez and Bencosme were “known to each other as acquaintances through family members.”
The shooting, they said, “stemmed from a personal dispute between the victim and Martinez.”
Yonkers police would not disclose the nature of the personal dispute.
Bencosme was previously assigned to the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx before he was placed on modified assignment earlier this year due to a domestic dispute and stripped of his gun and shield, a source said.
Currently, he is assigned to the NYPD Court Section.