Ten Years on the Run: LES Cop Shooting Still Cold Case

Posted on: July 5th, 2022 at 5:03 am by

Essex Street, Jan. 2013

It was ten years ago this morning that two 7th Precinct police officers chased a suspected drug dealer through the Seward Park Extension and were shot.

Officers Brian Groves and Eric Corniel chased the wanted man early morning July 5, 2012 into a staircase inside the public housing complex. While in pursuit, Groves was shot at point-blank range (eight feet), and saved only by his bulletproof vest. The perp ultimately eluded the authorities, and has been on the run in the decade since. We learned at the time that this incident was just one event that eventually led to the downfall of a major Lower East Side drug ring (“The Organization”) in December of that year. A complicated sting that had been ongoing since 2007.

A police presence remained outside for weeks afterward but proved futile.

July 2012

Groves, a seven-year veteran, later retired from the force with a tax-free disability pension from injuries related to the gunfire. He currently lives in Florida.

The missing perp is still described by the 7th Precinct as a wiry, 5’9″ black man in his early 20s donning corn-rows and long red shorts with cream stripe. He is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer.

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