A corrections officer finds himself locked up Thursday on charges that he shot and killed his nephew following a dispute in Manhattan on Wednesday night.
Cardell Gadsden, 30, was arrested nearly two hours after he allegedly murdered Steven Gadsden, 37, at the corner of Manhattan Avenue and West 107th Street on the Upper West Side.
Sources familiar with the investigation confirmed reports that the off-duty corrections officer rode with the victim inside a vehicle moments before the deadly shooting.
It’s not clear, at this point in the investigation, what led to the violence.
Officers from the 24th Precinct responded to a 911 call regarding the incident found Steven Gadsden, who lived a few blocks away on West 114th Street, with a gunshot wound to his torso.
Paramedics rushed him to Mount Sinai/St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Upon arresting Cardell Gadsden, police reported, they recovered the murder weapon. Police sources could not confirm if that was his department-issued firearm. Cops charged him with murder and criminal use of a firearm.
According to published reports, the Department of Corrections (DOC) suspended Gadsden without pay, pending the ongoing investigation. Gadsden, who joined the department in August 2015, was previously assigned to Rikers Island’s Robert N. Davoren Center.
“We are deeply troubled by these allegations and our condolences go out to the victim’s family,” said Peter Thorne, deputy commissioner of public information at the DOC. “An NYPD investigation is underway and the officer has been suspended without pay pending the results of that investigation.”