SEE IT: NYPD cops do nothing after gunshots heard in Brooklyn apartment, body camera footage shows

NYPD body camera video shows cops heard gunshots while outside apartment but took no action.

A pair of NYPD housing cops sidelined for not taking action when a gunman opened fire inside a Brooklyn apartment were a foot from the door when two loud shots rang out, body camera footage obtained by the Daily News Thursday shows.

Officers Waqar Zafar and Sergio Garcia-Castillo were inside the Bushwick Houses in East Williamsburg about 9 p.m. Sunday responding to a call for help when they were met by a man at the apartment door.

“Is it all right if we go into the apartment?” one of the officers asked a moment before the loud shots can be heard, the video shows.

“What was that?” one of the cops asked as the frightened man at the door looked behind him. “Can we go in?”

“I don’t want to say yeah, I don’t want to say no,” the man mumbled moments before the cops moved on, shutting off their cameras.

NYPD body camera video shows cops heard gunshots while outside apartment but took no action.

Zafar and Garcia-Castillo were stripped of their guns and shields on Tuesday for failing to properly investigate and take police action at the scene of a shooting, sources said. An NYPD spokesman confirmed the officers were on modified duty.

The alleged triggerman, Alexander Zarlengo, climbed out an apartment window and was arrested shortly after the cops’ visit after his gunshots triggered the NYPD’s Shot Spotter detection system and police got another report of an emotionally disturbed person, sources said.

A search of the apartment by cops who responded after Zafar and Garcia-Castillo found an unloaded .380-caliber Ruger handgun in a bag, several shell casings and bullet fragments on the bathroom floor, a machine that can be used to make credit cards and several scales with crack cocaine residue, according to cops

Zarlengo and another man, Marlon Daley, were charged with weapon possession, drug possession, and criminal possession of forgery devices. Both were arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court and released without bail.

The two cops should have immediately gone into the apartment upon hearing the shots, a police source said.

“That’s exigent circumstances, nothing could prevent them from going in at that point,” the source said. “These guys should be fired.”

Zafar has six years with the NYPD and Garcia-Castillo joined the department in 2019.

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