NEW YORK — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said Monday.
Charles Richard Mozdir had recently been featured on a CNN show about fugitives. He was wanted in a San Diego case and was charged with lewd acts upon a child younger than 14, a criminal complaint said.
The shootout between Mozdir and members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force happened just after 1 p.m. in Greenwich Village, not far from New York University in a highly trafficked tourist area bounded by jazz clubs, restaurants, a subway station and a basketball court.
Mozdir's handgun was recovered at the scene, and 20 extra rounds of ammunition were found in his pocket, police Commissioner William Bratton said.
A police detective first entered the narrow smoke shop and identified Mozdir, who apparently was alone, Bratton said, before leaving and returning with the U.S. marshals.
The detective was shot at least twice, in the stomach below his protective vest and in the right chest, Bratton said.
One U.S. marshal was shot in the elbow and the other in his buttocks, he said. All three were in stable condition.
The detective didn't fire his weapon, but the federal agents fired several rounds, authorities said.
A bench warrant was issued for Mozdir's arrest in 2012 after he skipped an arraignment.