A correction officer is being questioned by police after a woman was fatally shot inside a Bronx apartment building overnight. The officer claims his gun went off accidentally.
The single gunshot woke up people who live in the building on Ogden Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Police arrived to find 35-year-old Marie Faye dead on the scene, and a correction officer with a gun. He claims his weapon went off accidentally. The correction officer said he was cleaning the gun when it fired.
NYPD Crime Scene Unit and detectives spent hours Thursday going over the officer’s story. No charges have been filed.
Building superintendent and friend Jose Perez said he was shocked to hear that Faye, who was a nurse, would ever be near a gun.
“She smiled all the time. I could not say one negative thing about her,” Perez said. “She was a fantastic person. Her career as a nurse was taking off. I can’t believe this happened.”
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1–800–577–TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1–888–57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers’ website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All tips will be kept strictly confidential.