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Law Enforcement Officials Recovering After Village Shootout

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A city detective is still recovering in the hospital and two U.S. marshals are now back home after a shootout Monday in Greenwich Village ended in the death of a man they were trying to arrest.

Both marshals was released Tuesday from Bellevue Hospital.

Investigators say NYPD detective Mario Muniz and marshals Ryan Westfield and Pat Lin
tracked Charles Mozdir to a smoke shop on West 4th Street and Sixth Avenue.

Mozdir was wanted in San Diego on a child molestation charge.

He was recently featured on a CNN show and that tipped off authorities that he was in the city.

Police Commissioner William Bratton says the shooting started as the detective and the marshals moved in to make the arrest.

"Mozdir fired upon the officers at very close range and the officers returned fire. During the exchange of gunfire, the detective and two marshals were wounded Charles Mozdir was shot dead," Bratton said.

A .32 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene and 20 extra rounds of ammunition were found in Mozdir's pockets.

Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio showed off the bulletproof vest worn by Detective Muniz, who was hit in the lower stomach below the vest. But the vest stopped a bullet that would have hit Muniz in the chest.

"These two marshals and the NYPD detective exhibited extraordinary bravery. They had to deal with an incredibly difficult situation, split second decisions, and they do what law enforcement personnel do every day. They have to put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us," De Blasio said.

Neighborhood resident Ed Lorenzo says he often saw Mozdir outside the Smoking Culture smoke shop. He says he had no idea about Mozdir's past or that he was wanted in connection with a child molestation in California, but says he found Mozdir to be odd.

"I knew him as one of the businessmen on the block and that's about it. But he struck me as very strange," said Lorenzo. "He was a weird guy. He was weird. He was like quiet always staying inside smoking."

Police say one of the marshals was hit in the elbow, the other in the leg, during Monday's shootout.

"I'm very pleased that another felony fugitive predator has been removed from the streets. That's severely tempered by the fact that three law enforcement officers were injured," said U.S. Marshal Steve Stafford.

The shock of a wild shootout on a busy Manhattan street was still in the air Tuesday.

"It was just kind of chaos. Most people were kind of confused and not really sure because to hear a U.S. marshal got shot, that's kind of something that you don't normally hear," said one Village resident.

Many parents say they're also disturbed an alleged sex offender was able to work in the area.

"As a parent, it unnerves you a bit," said one Village parent.

All three officers are expected to fully recover.

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