New York Subway Shooting Suspect Andrew Abdullah Taken into Police Custody

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has taken into custody on May 24 the suspect in the May 22 subway shooting that left one dead.

Officials announced in a press conference that the NYPD has arrested Andrew Abdullah, the man suspected of fatally shooting 46-year-old Daniel Enriquez while onboard a Q train.

NYPD charged Abdullah with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Abdullah had planned to turn himself in at his lawyer’s office, but “there was a charade of officers with guns drawn” while they were waiting for the attorney, Abdullah’s family bishop told CBS News.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead said that the plan was for him to go to the precinct with Abdullah after Abdullah’s family contacted him on May 24 morning.

Whitehead said that he notified the police and Mayor Eric Adams of the plan and everyone agreed, but the scene did not unfold that way.

“I asked them, I said, ‘He was going to turn himself in, why would you guys do it this way?'” Whitehead said.

The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Abdullah, said in a statement that Abdullah was “needlessly ambushed out front of our Manhattan Trial Office by City Marshalls” and “denied of his opportunity to first consult with counsel” by authorities, according to CBS News.

The Legal Aid Society called the arrest “inappropriate and unwarranted.”

At a press conference, authorities said they had given Abdullah time to turn himself in, but officers found him near his lawyer’s office and took him into custody.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said that Abdullah had an extensive criminal history, dating back to 2016 and involving charges of felony assault, robbery, and attempted murder.

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