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Off-duty cop allegedly shoots man for knocking over beer

Newsday | July 25 2005

An off-duty police officer ended up on the wrong side of the law Friday night, shooting a man who had purposely knocked over the cop's beer in a lower Manhattan bar, police said Saturday.

The injured 23-year-old, whose name was not released, was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan in stable condition, police said.

Bernard Marti, who is assigned to Harlem's 25th Precinct, was drinking in Cordato's Deli and Bar at 94 1/2 Greenwich St. at 10:30 p.m. Friday when a man knocked over Marti's beer, police sources said.

That man voluntarily bought Marti a new beer but intentionally knocked it over again, spilling it all over Marti's clothes, the sources said.

Marti took out his gun and showed it to the man, who swatted it away. The gun discharged and one round went into the man's left thigh, police said.

"He had to know he was in trouble right there," a police source said.

Marti hurried out of the bar and into his car, and was followed by people from the bar who saw the shooting. The people alerted nearby officers assigned to Homeless Outreach, and those officers pulled Marti over.

Marti was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was immediately suspended without pay


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