Correction Officer Killed

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NYC Correction Officer Shot, Killed In Possible Road Rage Incident

September 14, 2018 - 12:45 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- An off-duty New York City correction officer was shot to death early Friday morning in Queens in what police are investigating as a possible case of road rage.

NYPD chief of citywide investigations William Aubry says 27-year-old Jonathan Nurain was on his way to work at Rikers Island and stopped to get something to eat around 1:40 a.m. Friday.

"It was after this purchase he has two encounters with an unknown male on a motorcycle," said NYPD Deputy Chief Joe Kenny.

Both encounters were caught on security camera video. It's believed the two did not know each other.

"The motorcyclist pulled up alongside the vehicle and there was a short exchange of what we believe was a conversation, very very short, only seconds, and then the shot was fired," Aubry said. 

The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, sped off leaving Nurain dead in the front seat of his red Honda Accord.

The vehicle sat surrounded by evidence markers at the light at 103re Avenue and 120th Street in Richmond Hills hours after the shooting as his cousin Kevin Romdani stood at the scene in disbelief.

"I still don't believe it," said Romdani. "He was really a good person, he was really motivated. He came a long way. Went to school, passed the police academy test."

"It's not easy, it's very hard," Andy Romdani, the victim's uncle said. "It's shocking."

Nurain had been a correction officer for two years but wanted to be a police officer.

Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann issued a statement expressing her deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the officer's family, friends and colleagues.

"He was a very good correction officer and well liked by his fellow officers," Correction Officers' Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen said in a statement. 

COBA is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation is ongoing.