The accused gunman in the Christmas Eve shooting of an NYPD officer was ordered held without bail at his attempted murder arraignment Friday night — as prosecutors described his still-incriminating excuse that he’d been aiming for his girlfriend, not the cop.
Defendant William Moss has made at least a partial confession — admitting that he believed only his girlfriend was there when he allegedly squeezed off two shots inside a crowded Crown Heights apartment.
Shot twice in the back but saved by his bulletproof vest, Officer Connor Boalick, 27, spent part of the night in Kings County Hospital, but was released in time for Christmas.
“In sum and substance, the words were that he heard the girlfriend’s voice but did not see the police officer,” Assistant District Attorney Jordan Rossman told the arraignment judge.
But Rossman also told the judge that the charge — the attempted murder of a police officer — is about as serious as it gets in the state penal code.
“This defendant is accused of shooting an NYPD police officer in the back when that officer was called to investigate a domestic dispute … between the defendant and his girlfriend,” Rossman told Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Jean T. Walsh.
When officers arrived, Moss “fired two shots at the police” and at the girlfriend and her mother, the prosecutor told the judge.
“The officer was wearing a bullet proof vest, fortunately and was able to escort the two complainants to safety.”
The firearm was recovered, the prosecutor added.
“I wish it never happened,” Moss had told reporters as he was led in to court.
At Friday night’s arraignment, defense lawyer, Robin Gordon Leavitt of the Legal Aid Society, asked that some bail be set.
“This is a young man who will come back to court,” Leavitt argued — despite his client’s open warrant on a previous marijuana charge. Moss nodded his head emphatically in agreement.
“This marijuana warrant was the only police contact prior to this,” Leavitt argued.
“He’s never been arrested before … he has lived his entire liffe in Brooklyn with his grandmother,” he added, as Moss continued to nod his head up and down in agreement.
“She is besides herself. She’s scared, she’s upset and rightfully so — this is a very serious charge … I’m asking your honor to not remand him.”
The judge agreed that the charge is serious.
In fact, “It is the most serious type and level of felony in the penal code,” she said.
Still, the court is “concerned that there wer not just police officers but two people, two complaining witnesses that the defendant shot at in all,” she said.
“There were at least four, possibly six people who were in the line of the defendant’s shooting. I’m going to remand,” she said, citing the seriousness of the charges and the strength of the case.”
Moss could be seen in the videotaped proceeding hanging his head down in apparent disappointment before the proceeding ended.