Drunken Narcotics Officer Shoots Two Drinking Buddies Over A Struggle With His Gun
An inebriated narcotics agent in New York shot two drinking buddies with his .40-caliber Glock, according to the police. Blood-curdling screams could be heard in the upper west side just after 9:00 p.m. when Victor Zambrano Jr., 49, shot a 31-year-old woman in the left foot and the woman’s 42-year-old boyfriend in the right calf during an argument over his weapon, neighbors and police sources said.
[su_center_ad]The Daily News reports, “The three pals had been drinking together and were walking on Amsterdam Ave. near W. 82nd St. when the woman asked the New York State Bureau of Narcotics enforcement agent for his pistol, a police source said.”
Zambrano handed his firearm over, but then quickly demanded it back. When the argument over the weapon became heated, the agent fired a round. The bullet ricocheted off the concrete and hit both the woman and her boyfriend.
“We do not know if he was shooting at them or just shooting,” a police source said. “Everyone involved is really drunk.”
People eating out along Amsterdam Ave.’s restaurants ducked for cover, as the narcotics investigator bolted.
The boyfriend chased him and Zambrano allegedly turned to shoot but misfired — causing a live round to fall to the ground as he ran toward W. 83rd St., stunned witnesses said, according to the paper.
“(The shooter) was f—– up … he was drunk,” one witness said.
Plainclothes cops surrounded Zambrano but the narcotics agent refused to give up his gun which he was holding under a Yankees jacket.
A cop knocked the gun out of Zambrano’s hand and tackled him, witnesses said.
“They were shouting ‘Drop the gun! Drop the gun!’ but he wouldn’t,” one witness said. “A cop knocked it down and wrestled him the ground.”
“He got drunk and did something stupid,” the agent’s son Vic Zambrano III, 22, said while entering the station house. “It just escalated. It could easily have been prevented.”
Zambrano was taken to the precinct. Charges were pending early Saturday.
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