Witnesses: Cop accused in death tried to aid victim

Two eyewitnesses told jurors Friday a traffic cop charged with the manslaughter of an unarmed Bronx man was in fact the only one to aid the dying man. Former NYPD traffic cop Rafael Lora faces first-degree

News 12 Staff

Mar 7, 2009, 2:23 AM

Updated 5,556 days ago

Share:

Witnesses: Cop accused in death tried to aid victim
Two eyewitnesses told jurors Friday a traffic cop charged with the manslaughter of an unarmed Bronx man was in fact the only one to aid the dying man.
Former NYPD traffic cop Rafael Lora faces first-degree manslaughter charges for the death of Fermin Arzu. Lora, who was off-duty at the time, is accused of shooting Arzu inside the man?s red minivan. According to medical examiners, Arzu was driving drunk before the shooting.
Geralda Ramero and Ambrious Pountierre each testified Lora ran to Arzu?s minivan to help out after the two men allegedly scuffled on Hewitt Place. Defense attorney Stuart London says Lora was trying to protect the streets.
?He never wanted this tragedy to end up like it did, and I think the fact that he tried to help at the end exemplifies this,? says London.
Lora is expected to take the stand next week. He faces up to 15 years in prison.


More from News 12
0:22
Yorktown police: 2 missing Westchester teens located

Yorktown police: 2 missing Westchester teens located

2:25
STORM WATCH: Severe thunderstorms with hail possible Thursday before beautiful conditions on Friday

STORM WATCH: Severe thunderstorms with hail possible Thursday before beautiful conditions on Friday

1:56
Realtors association speaks out against Mount Vernon real estate transfer tax hike

Realtors association speaks out against Mount Vernon real estate transfer tax hike

1:40
Officials: Dozens of suspects rounded up in raids as part of ‘largest gun trafficking case’ in Orange County history

Officials: Dozens of suspects rounded up in raids as part of ‘largest gun trafficking case’ in Orange County history

2:36
Meet the majority owner of Westchester Soccer Club, the county's new USL team

Meet the majority owner of Westchester Soccer Club, the county's new USL team

0:37
ArtsWestchester names long-time official as its CEO

ArtsWestchester names long-time official as its CEO

2:31
Questions over affordable housing in Mamaroneck at center of community meeting

Questions over affordable housing in Mamaroneck at center of community meeting

0:40
​​City of Yonkers receives designation as WWII Heritage City

​​City of Yonkers receives designation as WWII Heritage City

1:45
Rockland school district's $331M budget fails to pass by nearly 400 votes

Rockland school district's $331M budget fails to pass by nearly 400 votes

1:41
Mount Vernon catches up on inspections of community public spaces

Mount Vernon catches up on inspections of community public spaces

0:56
Mount Vernon native Sean 'Diddy' Combs faces another sexual assault lawsuit

Mount Vernon native Sean 'Diddy' Combs faces another sexual assault lawsuit

1:40
Newburgh school district leaders face difficult choices after voters reject budget

Newburgh school district leaders face difficult choices after voters reject budget

RESULTS: News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley School Vote 2024

RESULTS: News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley School Vote 2024

0:40
Police: Minisink school bus aide charged with sexual abuse of 8-year-old girl

Police: Minisink school bus aide charged with sexual abuse of 8-year-old girl

0:33
Hudson Valley Dodge manager killed in incident at dealership

Hudson Valley Dodge manager killed in incident at dealership

2:45
Chappaqua, East Ramapo, and Newburgh reject school budgets; Clarkstown OKs 4% increase for schools

Chappaqua, East Ramapo, and Newburgh reject school budgets; Clarkstown OKs 4% increase for schools

0:22
Poughkeepsie man arrested on drug charges, accused of selling cocaine

Poughkeepsie man arrested on drug charges, accused of selling cocaine

0:40
Ramapo incident reports list tickets, charges against Monsey bus drivers who struck kids

Ramapo incident reports list tickets, charges against Monsey bus drivers who struck kids

1:10
Headlines: Woman steals $97,000 from business, health insurance fraud, Stony Point home invasion

Headlines: Woman steals $97,000 from business, health insurance fraud, Stony Point home invasion