- Jan 26, 2007
I remember the boys talking about this for a second this week. Interesting story actually...
WHITE PLAINS - Mount Vernon Police Officer Christopher Ridley was fighting for his life in a desperate struggle to retrieve his gun moments before he was killed by Westchester County police, witnesses and sources familiar with the investigation said today.
The 23-year-old officer's 9mm handgun fell to the ground Friday as he tried to arrest Anthony Jacobs, a homeless man accused of violently assaulting another man in the incident that sparked the chain of events that ended with Ridley's death. Ridley chased Jacobs after first running into the Westchester County Office building to ask for police assistance.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources told The Journal News that Jacobs fought with Ridley when he realized he was being arrested and that during the struggle Ridley's gun fell to the ground. Both men grabbed at the weapon, which went off twice before Ridley managed to throw Jacobs to the ground and retrieve the gun. He was pointing the weapon at Jacobs when four county police officers fired 10 shots, hitting Ridley four or five times.