Bronx man who hid gun in teddy bear charged with shooting at off-duty NYPD officer

NEW YORK — Officials charged a man for shooting at an off-duty NYPD officer with a gun hidden inside of a teddy bear in the Bronx, authorities announced Thursday.

Authorities on Wednesday arrested 26-years-old Jamar Baker who is on federal supervised release for a prior conviction.

According to a court complaint, the incident happened shortly after 6:30 a.m. on March 23, an off-duty NYPD officer was driving his personal vehicle to begin his shift at a Manhattan NYPD precinct.

While crossing from the Bronx into Manhattan on the Macombs Dam Bridge, his car was struck multiple times by Baker’s vehicle, officials said.

Baker then pulled his vehicle alongside the victim’s car, spit towards his car, and shouted a slur at him, authorities said.

As the vehicles continued driving, Baker fired a gun at the officer, striking the front bumper and tire of his vehicle, the court complaint said.

Officers later recovered two .380-caliber shell casings from the road where the vehicles had traveled.

Law enforcement was able to identify Baker’s vehicle using license plate reader photographs and searched an apartment to which he had gone to immediately after the shooting where officers discovered a .380-caliber pistol concealed inside a teddy bear in a child’s crib.

Baker allegedly decided to pick a fight with an innocent driver heading to work “for no apparent reason,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said. “Little did he know … he harassed and shot at is an NYPD officer who was on his way to the precinct to begin his shift. The random attack and senseless criminal behavior not only put the officer in danger, but we also allege Mr. Baker hid the weapon inside a child’s toy and put it back in the child’s crib.”

Baker is currently on federal supervised release in connection with a 2014 robbery conspiracy conviction, for which he served approximately five years in prison.

He was charged with one count of possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, and one count of possessing ammunition after having been convicted of a felony. Each count carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

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