Arrest made in fatal shooting of off-duty correction officer

September 17, 2018 - 6:45 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An MTA maintenance worker was arrested Sunday in connection to the fatal shooting of an off-duty correction officer in Queens.

Gifford Hunter, 30, is accused of shooting Jonathan Narain, 27, while at a traffic light in South Richmond Hill Friday.

According to police, Narain, a Rikers Island correction officer, was on his way to work an may have made a U-turn and blocked the path of a motorcyclist suspected to be Hunter.

Police said Hunter then approached Narain’s car while he waited at the traffic light and shot him once in the head before taking off.

Narain was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association had offered a reward of $10,000 for any information that could help lead to an arrest of the suspect.

Gifford now faces charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm.

He was expected to be arraigned on charges Monday morning.