Officer dies from gunshot wound



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NEW YORK (AP) — New York's police commissioner says a police officer who was shot in the head over the weekend has died.

Brian Moore died today at a hospital in Queens with his family at his bedside -- including his police officer father, uncle and cousin.

Moore was shot Saturday evening while trying to stop a man who was suspected of carrying a handgun. He and his partner were in plainclothes and in an unmarked car, when police say they pulled up next to Demetrius Blackwell and exchanged words with him. They say Blackwell suddenly turned, pulled a weapon and fired at least twice.

Blackwell has already been charged with attempted murder, and prosecutors say he will now be charged with first-degree murder.

Moore is the third New York City officer to be killed on duty in five months. Two uniformed officers were shot at close range as they sat in a patrol car in December.

Police Commissioner William Bratton says he was an "exceptional young officer" who had earned meritorious service medals.

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255-a-12-(President Barack Obama, speaking at Lehman College at launch of My Brother's Keeper Alliance)-"a tough job"-President Obama says he joins in those mourning New York police officer Brian Moore, who was shot in the head Saturday and died today. (4 May 2015)

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240-v-33-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)--A New York City police officer shot Saturday night has died of his injuries. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (4 May 2015)

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243-a-09-(New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, in statement)-"line of duty"-New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says nearly two days after being shot in the head, Officer Brian Moore has died. (4 May 2015)

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APPHOTO NYSW110: Police officers salute as the body of Brian Moore leaves Jamaica Hospital in New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Moore, a 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun, has died from his injuries, the third New York Police Department officer slain in the line-of-duty in five months, a City Hall official said Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (4 May 2015)

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APPHOTO NYSW107: Police officers salute as the body of Brian Moore as it leaves Jamaica Hospital in New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Moore, a 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun, has died from his injuries, the third New York Police Department officer slain in the line-of-duty in five months, a City Hall official said Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (4 May 2015)

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