An NYPD police officer who was shot in the head while off duty has died Tuesday.
Adeed Fayaz, 26, succumbed to his injuries after a three-day battle for his life in hospital.
The five-year veteran of the police force was gunned down Saturday night when a suspect lured him into a dark driveway after making a deal to sell a car through Facebook Marketplace.
The suspect, 38-year-old Randy Jones, was arrested Monday after hiding in a hotel in upstate New York.
Jones, a career criminal with at least 22 arrests to his name, was previously charged with attempted murder. With Fayaz’s death, those charges will likely be upgraded to murder.
Fayaz left behind a wife and two children. Flags flew at half-mast at the 66th Precinct in Brooklyn after his death was announced.
Adeed Fayaz, 26, succumbed to his injuries after a three-day battle for his life in hospital
Randy Jones, 38, was arrested at a hotel in Rockland County, northwest of Manhattan
The NYPD posted a heartfelt dedication to Fayaz after his death.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of NYPD Police Officer Adeed Fayaz, a devoted officer, husband, father, brother and son. PO Fayaz, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, served the 66 Precinct community with exceptional compassion and care. Our thoughts are with his family, colleagues and loved ones at this difficult time. #never forget’
Jones reportedly made a deal with Fayaz in Eastern New York to sell a Honda Pilot.
Fayaz and his brother-in-law arrived with $24,000 in cash to buy the car when the suspect allegedly pulled a gun on them.
He then allegedly opened fire and hit Fayaz in the head.
The victim’s brother grabbed the Fayaz’s gun and returned fire, but the thief managed to escape in a black BMW.
After a citywide manhunt, the car was found abandoned in Harlem, near where the suspect lived with his girlfriend, according to The New York Post.
Sources also said the BMW belonged to the suspect’s mother, who lived nearby in East New York where the shooting took place.
It is believed that Jones could be behind a similar robbery that took place on January 13 near the scene of the shooting.
Fayaz left behind a wife and two children. Flags flew at half-mast at the 66th Precinct in Brooklyn after his death was announced
Officers lined up outside the hospital in solidarity with Fayaz after his death
The 26-year-old NYPD victim’s handcuffs were used to arrest Jones
Jones handcuffed the NYPD officer he allegedly shot in the head
On Monday, Jones was found with his girlfriend and her two children at a hotel in Rockland County, just northwest of Manhattan on the New Jersey border.
The handcuffs used to arrest Jones allegedly belonged to Fayaz.
Jones has a criminal record with at least 22 arrests for various crimes, including some violent assaults.
According to The Post, he has previously been booked for harassment, grand larceny and strangulation.
He was wanted for a 2019 traffic and vehicle-related warrant at the time of his arrest on Monday.
Jones reportedly declined to answer questions from investigators.
“Our prayers, of course, are for the officer and his family as he continues to fight for his life,” Mayor Eric Adams’ faith adviser Gilford Monrose said at a vigil Sunday.
The NYPD was offering $10,000 as of Monday for the suspect’s arrest.
“We will catch the person responsible for this act,” Adams said after the shooting. “A cop running a simple errand and a dangerous person pulled out a firearm.