Police sergeant shoots romantic rival on the street, plants a knife near the body and claims robbery: Cops

Authorities in New York City say a local police sergeant was arrested on suspicion of shooting a romantic rival in the face on a sidewalk in Brooklyn earlier this week.

According to the New York Post, a man identified as 40-year-old off-duty New York Police Sgt. Ritchard Blake is seen apparently shooting another individual, who is then seen falling motionless to the ground.

Blake had allegedly been arguing with the 21-year-old victim, Thavone Santana, near train tracks along Livonia Avenue in the east side of the city early on Thursday morning. The two were reportedly involved in a feud over a common love interest.

Reports indicate Blake and the unidentified woman had a 10-year-old son together.

After reviewing the surveillance footage, investigators believe Blake pulled a gun and shot Santana as he attempted to run away.

The suspect allegedly stood by for a few moments and appeared to make a cellphone call. At one point, police say he placed a knife beside Santana’s body.

Santana was shot once in his jaw and first responders transported him to an area hospital from the scene. He underwent emergency surgeries upon his arrival and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Upon the arrival of on-duty officers, Blake reportedly told them that the victim had been trying to commit an armed robbery when he shot and killed the man.

The 109th NYPD precinct in Queens reportedly took Blake’s badge and firearm at the time of his arrest.

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