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Former NYPD Officer Sentenced For Westchester Shooting Spree

Brendan Cronin
Brendan Cronin Photo Credit: Pelham Village Police Department

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Yonkers resident and former NYPD officer was sentenced to nine years in state prison late Wednesday morning for firing shots at two New Rochelle residents while off duty nearly two years ago.

Brendan Cronin, 28, pleaded guilty in September to two counts of attempted murder and assault (Class B felonies), two counties of assault in the first degree (also Class B felonies) and one count of drixing while intoxicated (a Class A misdemeanor) as a result of the incident in which a 47-year-old man was shot.

When he was apprehended, it was determined that Cronin, of Ball Avenue in Yonkers, was operating his vehicle drunk, and he was subsequently charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

On April 29, 2014, Cronin spent the day at in-service training at the New York Police Department’s Firearms and Tactics Section at Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx. Shortly before midnight, while he was parked near the intersection of Sixth and Lincoln Avenue in Pelham, Cronin approached a vehicle occupied by the two.

Cronin then opened fire on the passenger’s side with a 9mm automatic handgun, hitting his victims multiple times.

The one victim suffered six gunshot wounds, suffering serious physical injuries that required multiple painful surgeries. The victims were struck in their backs, shoulders, arms and chests. He proceeded to flee from the scene, when he was stopped a few blocks away and arrested by the Pelham police.

Cronin was remanded to the New York State Department of Corrections.

Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward of the Superior Court Trial Division prosecuted the case.

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