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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hudson Valley state troopers hurt in drug raid

Poughkeepsie Journal, NY

Two state troopers executing a warrant were wounded and a drug suspect was fatally when gunfire erupted during a raid in the Bronx today, police said.

The incident was one of several warrants simultaneously executed this morning by a task force including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit, the Westchester district attorney's office, the Bronx district attorney's office, New York City police and Yonkers police.

After the 6 a.m. shooting, a New York police department bomb squad removed a grenade at the scene at 753 Revere Ave. in the Throgs Neck section.

It was one of 18 locations to be raided in the Bronx and Westchester, officials said. The warrants targeted people associated with a criminal network of heroin and cocaine distribution, said Sgt. Kern Swoboda of the state police.

The troopers, Peter Verdesi, 38, of Troop K in Dutchess County and Mark Ennis, 34, of Troop F in Ulster County, were in stable condition at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx. Verdesi was shot in the leg and Ennis was shot in his bulletproof vest and helmet. Their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, Swoboda said.

Friends and family of the slain suspect arrived a short time later after hearing reports, but refused to speak to reporters.

The name of the slain suspect was not immediately released.

A man was taken into custody at the scene after he struck his wife. He was led away by police, chased by news cameras, as the wife ran behind them shoving one camerawoman and screaming at police not to arrest the man because he was on probation.

A neighbor also at the scene, Elaine Costa, said she's known the family who have lived at 753 Revere Ave. for 27 years.

"This is quite a surprise. They are a fine upstanding family," Costa said.


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