Queens, NY – Two men are being charged with plotting to have a New York City police officer killed.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the plot was hatched by a Rikers Island inmate to kill the officer who was scheduled to testify at his upcoming trial.
A second man has been charged with participating in the conspiracy.
Brown identified the defendants as 23-year-old Andrew Spencer of Jamaica, Queens and 23-year-old Kiyee Kye, also of Jamaica. Spencer has been at Rikers Island since August 2006.
Brown says both men are charged with conspiracy, criminal facilitation and criminal possession of a weapon.
Spencer was arrested on August 16, 2006, when an off-duty police officer witnessed a fight in front of his house. When the police officer attempted to intercede, Spencer allegedly punched him in the face and pointed a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun at him.
The police officer responded by pulling out his own weapon, identifying himself as a police officer and ordering Spencer to drop his gun. Spencer then allegedly offered money to the officer, stating, “I can’t get locked up. I’m on parole.”
A jail informant recorded Spencer looking to pay $1,000 for a hit man, and saying that Kye would provide the weapons.
An undercover officer met Kye on April 26th. [CBS]