A former New York City police officer says he was “just so lucky” to be on the right side of the law when he was shot and killed in front of his mother’s home.
In the video posted on YouTube on Monday, Officer Richard Ponte posted a picture of himself standing in the middle of a parking lot with a police officer.
In an interview with the New York Post, Ponte, 46, described how he was on duty when the shooting happened.
He said he heard a gunshot and ran toward the car, only to see Officer Brian Ponte lying on the ground.
Ponte was hit and killed.
In a statement, the NYPD said the officer was shot while attempting to serve a traffic stop in the 5400 block of West 46th Street, about a mile from his mother-in-law’s home on Thursday night.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“My mom was on the phone with her family when she saw my vehicle, so when she heard the shots she immediately jumped into the car to call 911 and I was right there and saw what happened,” Ponte told the Post.
“The shots were just so close, and I didn’t even know that he was hit, so it was like a flash bang or something.”
The officer was a four-year veteran of the NYPD, the police department’s largest division.