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Separate verdicts in fatal double police shooting

A coroner’s jury returned separate verdicts in a police shooting that ended the lives of two suspects.

Kristen Russell, 21, and Philip Armbrister Jr., 19, were shot dead after they allegedly opened fire on a police patrol unit of Detective Corporal 2609 Arthur, DC 981 Higgs and Local Constable 5026 Miller in Sunset Park on March 31, 2016.

In respect to Russell, the jury found that his death was a lawful killing. The same jury returned a finding of open verdict in respect to Armbrister.

The officers were in pursuit of the armed men in a Nissan Sylphy, registered to Neville Rolle. The men allegedly abandoned the vehicle while shooting in the direction of the police officers, who returned fire. The chase ended in front of a home in the neighborhood.

The officers recovered two firearms — a 9mm and .40 caliber pistol — next to the deceased.

Patrick Sweeting marshaled the evidence.


Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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