Exclusive: Slain NYPD detective's father questions son's care

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Jim Hoffer spoke exclusively with the father of murdered NYPD detective Brian Moore.

In an Eyewitness News exclusive 7 On Your Side Investigation, the father of a murdered New York City police officer is questioning whether his son received the appropriate care in the crucial minutes after he was shot.

Detective Brian Moore died in May of last year, two days after he was shot in Queens.

We followed the paper trail, and the family's search for truth.

Ray Moore, a retired Detective Sergeant, claims the NYPD is stoned-walling him in his attempts to get answers about the ambush shooting of his police officer son. He claims there are crucial discrepancies surrounding how long it took to get his wounded son to the hospital.

He said his son was a far better cop than he was. Brian Moore had become an undercover detective in just five years, a promising career that ended last year when an armed suspect shot him.

"I was told, a lot of officers on the scene, a lot of mistakes were made, I was told that," Ray Moore said.

Ever since, the Ray Moore has made repeated attempts to get answers from the NYPD about what happened between the time his son was shot and his son's arrival at Jamaica Hospital. He was getting nowhere, until documents anonymously arrived in the mail one day.
"They were actually left in my mailbox overnight," he said. "Because obviously there's discrepancies that somebody wanted me to know regarding Brian's shooting."

And he believes they came from someone inside the NYPD.

"I would think so," he said. "They're department documents."

A transcript of police communications shows the first radio transmission about the shooting occurred at 18:15, or 6:15 p.m. It shows the wounded officer, referred to on the transcript as "package," arrived at the hospital at 18:32, or 6:32 p..m., just 17 minutes after being shot.

But it's the hospital record that haunts the father. It shows the Emergency Room got a call of a police officer shot at 6:04, not 6:15, as the police document shows.

The Jamaica Medical Center document also shows the wounded cop arrived at the hospital at 6:38 p.m. That's 34 minutes after being shot, double the time indicated by the NYPD.

"Why were they waiting?" Ray Moore said. "What aid was given to Brian during this time? Nothing, there was no CPR, Nothing given to him. He was laying there."

Moore strongly believes the NYPD is covering up a botched response to his son's shooting. He said they refuse to show him video surveillance that recorded the shooting and the entire response. He claims he also got repeated refusals to his requests to hear 911 audio recordings.

"If there's deficiencies in the department, it has to be rectified," Ray Moore said. "Because if things weren't done correctly, if I don't act on this, and things were just left, you can't sweep it under the rug. Because I never want another father, mother, sister, brother, husband, wife to go through what I'm going through. It's got to be corrected."

In response to this story, the NYPD provided the following statement:

"The New York City Police Department recognizes the extreme grief that Ray Moore feels over the tragic death of his son. The loss of a child is a profound and devastating event to a parent. All of the men and women of the Department share in the tremendous loss of this true police hero who will never be forgotten."

The statement went on to say that the NYPD is assisting the Queens district attorney in successfully prosecuting the murder case against the suspect.

We should note that the officer was gravely wounded and that a quicker response may have made no difference. But Ray Moore believes that if mistakes were made, they should be brought to light and fixed.

Watch more of Jim Hoffer's exclusive interview in this extended cut:
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See more of Jim Hoffer's exclusive interview with the father of Detective Brian Moore, who died in the line of duty

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