NY1 VIDEO: On July 19, 2007, NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko was laid to rest in Brooklyn by family, friends, and many of New York's Finest. During a traffic stop of a stolen car on July 9 in Crown Heights, Timoshenko was shot in the face and neck by one of the car's occupants. He quickly slipped into a coma and died five days after the shooting. NY1's Roger Clark filed this report on the funeral.
NY1 FOLLOW-UP: It became clear after the shooting that the handgun that killed Timoshenko was illegally obtained. At that time, Bloomberg called on Albany to increase the penalty for possession of an illegal handgun in the city to 3.5 years. In October 2007, Governor George Pataki signed the new penalty into law. All three men charged and tried in connection with Timoshenko's death are serving jail time for the crime; the two men who fired shots were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.