Police: Man arrested after encounter with RPD charged with second-degree murder in New York

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 1:31 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Police say a man who was arrested after a stand-off with police in Richmond back in May, has been charged with second-degree murder in New York.

At approximately 11:37 p.m. on May 31, 2020, officers standing at the intersection of North 2nd and East Marshall Streets heard multiple gunshots in the area.

Police say the suspect, later identified as Moustapha Diop, was seen running up North 2nd Street toward the officers.

Diop was holding a firearm in his waistband.

Officers gave verbal commands to drop the weapon, which Diop ignored, leading to a short foot pursuit.

Police say Diop was then stopped and taken into custody at North 1st and East Broad Streets by other officers who were in the area.

Diop tossed the firearm he was carrying, causing it to crash through the back window of an RPD vehicle.

In Richmond, the RPD says Diop was charged with:

  • Reckless handling of a firearm
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Destruction of property
  • Violation of executive order 64 (curfew violation)
  • Failure to appear in court on September 9, 2020

According to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Diop is due back in court in New York on the following charges:

  • Second-degree attempted murder
  • Second-degree attempted assault
  • Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • Second-degree assault
  • First-degree reckless endangerment

Police say the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Diop on Sept. 11 in New Jersey.

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