Police: NYPD cop Jay Poggi arrested after accidental off-duty shooting

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An on-duty NYPD cop from West Islip was arrested on a drunken driving charge overnight Thursday after police said he shot his partner in the wrist.

According to the criminal complaint, Det. Jay Poggi, 58, was allegedly showing the gun to his partner, Det. Matthew Sullivan, when it went off. He then allegedly drove Sullivan to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

The gun incident happened inside a car in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens just after 3 a.m. Thursday, The Associated Press reported.


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At the hospital Poggi, who has 31 years experience, had bloodshot eyes and a blood alcohol level of .113 percent, above the legal limit of .08 percent, according to the complaint. Poggi then allegedly refused to submit to a breath analyzer test at the 112th Precinct.

Poggi was arraigned Thursday evening and was released on his own recognizance, said a spokesman for the Queens district attorney's office.

Both officers worked in the 75th Precinct. It was not the beginning of their shift when the incident took place, police said.

Sullivan, who has been a cop for 16 years, was in stable condition, police said. He had surgery on his wrist, according to the complaint.

The incident is under investigation by internal affairs, police said.

A phone call to Poggi's lawyer, James Moschella, was not returned Thursday.

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