An NYPD captain who clocked out immediately after a wild shootout in Brooklyn- that ended with two officers shot – is in very serious trouble.
Capt. Scott Forster is being blasted for his callous response after two of his fellow officers were shot and in the hospital — while he was on his way home.
“People told him what was going on and he said, ‘I’m off duty in a few minutes,’” one source told the NY Daily News.
The probationary captain was supposed to assist in the NYPD’s “hospital plan” after the two cops were wounded during a gunfight Saturday in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Forster has now been stripped of his gun and badge and faces demotion to lieutenant for the way he reacted to the attack.
“He was at the end of his tour and he didn’t do what he was supposed to do, which is to go to the hospital and set up the hospital visits,” a law enforcement source said. “That’s not something that’s looked favorably upon when two cops are shot,” the unnamed source told the NY Post.
Not only that, Forster reportedly ignored multiple phone calls from colleagues trying to reach him after he went home to Staten Island. Kings County Hospital — where the two officers were taken — is in Forster’s precinct.
The Daily News reports that when a superior called Forster into the office Saturday afternoon to explain why he wasn’t at the hospital, the captain called in sick — claiming he was suffering from stomach pains and diarrhea.
Officers William Reddin and Andrew Yurkiw were shot about 3:20 a.m. and Forster’s shift ended at 4am, when a subordinate reportedly signed him out. Reddin was shot in the hip and released from the hospital earlier this week. Officer Yurkiw was hit in the chest, but was saved by his bullet-proof vest. The two cops and others responded after the suspect, Frederick Funes, allegedly threatened an MTA worker with a .357 Magnum.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Forster joined the NYPD in 2006 after a four-year stint in U.S. Army Intelligence, which included a 15-month deployment in Iraq.
“He’ll be lucky if he only gets demoted to lieutenant. He could very well be fired and he should be — no doubt about it. [Commissioner Bill] Bratton could fire him for non-feasance,” a high-ranking police source told The Post.
“It’s all hands on deck when a cop is shot — every cop knows that except him, apparently. This man is a total disgrace to the badge. You are a boss. What kind of message does that send? The message is, ‘I don’t give a sh-t about these two cops,’” the source added.
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