A shootout left two U.S. marshals and a New York City police detective injured in Manhattan on Monday, and the suspect, a man accused of molesting a child, is dead.
Charles Mozdir, 32, was featured on CNN’s "The Hunt" as being wanted in connection with a California child molestation case, The New York Times reported
. Police received a tip that Mozdir was at a smoke shop in Greenwich Village and a gun battle ensued.
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The officers were taken to Bellevue Hospital, and initial reports were that their injuries were not life-threatening.
“We pray that everything we’re hearing so far is true, that these officers are going to be OK in the long run,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.
"The Hunt" is an original series on CNN featuring John Walsh, well-known for his show "America’s Most Wanted." Information posted on the show’s website said Mozdir
is a suspected child molester on the run since 2012. After being accused of sexually molesting a 7-year-old boy, Mozdir failed to appear at his arraignment. He had reportedly been close friends with the couple whose child he allegedly abused, and was at their house helping out with a sick child when the incident occurred.
The New York Post said Mozdir threatened the family
that accused him of molesting their son, and also had said in the past that he would kill himself if the police tried to catch him.
The City of Coronado (California) Police Department, where the warrant for Mozdir was issued, put a post on Facebook about his capture, sending thoughts and prayers to the injured officers.
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