Parole officer fatally shoots parolee

March 31, 2009 3:11:07 PM PDT
Police are investigating a deadly shooting inside a parole office in Queens Tuesday.A parole officer apparently shot a man inside the office on Merrick Boulevard in the Jamaica section.

Eric Van Reid was shot at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the parole office waiting room.

Police say Reid objected to a search of his backpack and wielded a knife.

They say he ignored an order to drop the weapon, and a parole officer shot him once in the head.

The state Division of Parole says a parole officer was taken hostage before the shooting.

Reid, 50, of 48th Street in Woodside, New York had a long criminal record dating back to 1974, according to police.

In 1978, he was convicted of shooting a police officer in Brooklyn. The officer survived the shooting.

In 1989 near Syracuse, he was convicted of breaking into a woman's apartment and raping her.

He was denied parole five times before finally getting released in November 2008

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick


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