Off-duty cop fatally shot by officer

May 29, 2009 4:40:58 AM PDT
A New York City plainclothes policeman who drew his gun while chasing someone he found rummaging through his car has been shot to death by a fellow officer. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says 25-year-old Omar J. Edwards died Thursday night. He was shot within blocks of the Harlem police station where he worked.

Kelly says Edwards had just gotten off work when he spotted a man going through his vehicle. Edwards began chasing him, and officers in an unmarked police car saw the pursuit and followed.

Kelly says one of the officers jumped out of the car and fired six shots, hitting Edwards in the arm and the chest. Edwards did not fire his weapon.

The shooter is white and Edwards is black. It was unclear if race had any role in the shooting.

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