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Manhattan DA Bragg didn’t request warrant for man who later used gun in slaying: union boss

Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg‘s workplace didn’t request a warrant to confiscate a gun utilized in an armed theft by a serial offender — who then fatally shot a person with that very same weapon precisely a month later, a union boss alleged.

Tyrell Rodgers, 29, allegedly pointed the silver revolver at his estranged girlfriend and stole her mobile phone whereas threatening to kill her on Feb. 8, court docket data present. He then allegedly killed a person with that revolver on March 8 — after Bragg’s workplace didn’t concern a warrant that detectives on the theft case requested.

“Why didn’t DA Bragg’s workplace act?” Detectives’ Endowment Affiliation President Paul DiGiacomo requested. “Why did one other New Yorker need to die?”

Rodgers, who has 23 prior arrests on his file, was charged with homicide within the second diploma, tried homicide within the second diploma and felony possession of a weapon for the March 8 killing, court docket data present. 

Within the alleged February theft, he pointed the silver gun at his girlfriend and her child and mentioned “give me the cellphone or I’ll kill you and everybody you like,” court docket paperwork present. Rodgers then took the cellphone and left the situation.  

Alvin Bragg
Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg is accused of failing to behave on a police warrant.
Steven Hirsch

Detectives requested a warrant to search for the handgun after the theft was reported on Feb. 17. DiGiacomo mentioned the warrant by no means materialized.

Two and a half weeks later, Rodgers introduced the gun to West nineteenth Road and Ninth Avenue round 10 p.m. to satisfy a person he had been arguing with over the cellphone, court docket data present.  

It wasn’t clear what the argument was about, however Rodgers fired the weapon and a bullet struck the person he had argued with in the suitable arm, data present. The person’s buddy standing at his aspect was shot within the intestine and pronounced lifeless about an hour later at Bellevue Hospital. 

Rodgers was arrested two days afterward March 10 — the day the warrant was lastly executed by Bragg’s workplace.

Police at crime scene
Tyrell Rodgers has 23 prior arrests on his file.
William Miller
Police at crime scene
Police on the scene of the double capturing on ninth Avenue and W nineteenth St. within the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
William Miller
Police at crime scene
Police block off the crime scene.
William Miller

Detectives searched Rodger’s condo at 321 East 153rd Road and shortly confiscated the gun that video surveillance had confirmed him firing, data present. It matched the outline of the gun the girlfriend informed detective Rodgers used to threaten her.

“Contained in the condo, I recovered a darkish hooded jacket, darkish masks and darkish coloured backpack that look like in step with the kind of clothes the shooter wore on video,” the detective wrote in court docket paperwork. “Inside the darkish backpack within a fanny pack I recovered a silver revolver.”

Rodgers was despatched to Rikers Island on $100,000 money bail or $100,000 bond.

A query to Bragg’s workplace asking what occurred with the preliminary warrant request wasn’t answered.

However at Rodgers’ arraignment, prosecutors famous that his “girlfriend indicated to police that defendant incessantly carries this weapon round.”

Extra reporting by Tamar Lapin

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