A police detective who worked as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s security detail was charged Friday with attempted murder after authorities said he shot an unarmed man while off duty earlier this month.
The detective, 46-year-old Leopold McLean of Queens, pleaded not guilty in Queens Criminal Court Friday to the charges, which also included criminal use of a firearm, assault and reckless endangerment. A judge ordered Mr. McLean be held in custody on $25,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail. He’s scheduled to return to court Jan. 5.
A spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg declined comment.
Mr. McLean, who had previously had his gun and badge taken as a result of the incident, has since been suspended pending the outcome of the case, according to the Associated Press.
The charges stem from a Nov. 15 incident in which the 17-year NYPD veteran allegedly shot a man, 39-year-old Lepaul Gammons, after a brief exchange at the Queens home of a woman they both knew.
Mr. McLean allegedly demanded to know why Mr. Gammons was present at the location, despite the fact that the woman had a valid order of protection against Mr. Gammons barring him from being there.
According to a law-enforcement official, there was a past domestic-violence incident between Mr. Gammons and the woman. Mr. Gammons couldn’t be reached for comment.
The criminal complaint alleges Mr. McLean pointed a large handgun at Mr. Gammons, prompting him to run from the house. Mr. Gammons then sustained a gunshot wound in the buttocks along 119th Road toward Sutphin Boulevard. The complaint alleges that the incident ended once Mr. Gammons jumped a fence and hid behind another residence.
Mr. Gammons was briefly hospitalized and has since been released.
Authorities recovered a bullet from the scene that ballistic tests revealed came from the gun registered to Mr. McLean.
Mr. McLean’s attorney, Gilbert Parris, declined to comment on the facts of the case, but maintained his client’s innocence. He blamed the incident on Mr. Gammons, saying he shouldn’t have been at the woman’s residence in the first place because of the protective order.
A spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said no action had been taken against Mr. Gammons concerning whether he violated an order of protection.