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Friday, August 13, 2010

[NYPD] Officer Ekeythia Dunston's attorney says Dunston shot her girlfriend in self-defense

Erica LeGall and Ekeythia Dunston

Eyewitness News
Seung Suh
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
HARLEM - An off-duty New York City police officer is under arrest and charged with shooting a woman she lives with. When police arrived at the apartment on West 128th Street in Harlem Monday, they found the two women fighting. Police say one of the women, identified as officer Ekeythia Dunston, shot the other woman in the leg and shoulder. The victim is in serious condition. Dunston has been suspended without pay. [LINK]

By Yepoka Yeebo
August 10, 2010
[Excerpts] MANHATTAN — An off-duty police officer shot her girlfriend early on Monday after a suspicious text message sparked a violent argument in their Harlem home, police said. Sources told the Daily News that the fight started when police officer Ekeythia Dunston, 32, got a text message from another woman at about 3.25 a.m., enraging her partner Erica LeGall, 42. LeGall hit Dunston across the head with a clothes iron, leaving a "tennis ball sized welt," the News reported. Dunston, picked up her pistol, and shot LeGall once in the thigh and once in the shoulder, police said. The two argued as LeGall's son [J.], 7, and Dunston's son [D.], 13, slept in their room. The couple's 32-year-old baby sitter was also in the apartment, but was not harmed, police said... Dunston's mother told the News that both children were taken away by the city's Administration for Children's Services. [Full article here]

BY Kevin Deutsch, Rocco Parascandola and Joe Kemp
August 10, 2010
[Excerpts] An off-duty cop fired two rounds into her girlfriend early Monday after a suspicious text message sparked an all-out battle between the pair... Ekeythia Dunston, 32, and her 42-year-old partner, Erica LeGall, had returned to their Harlem home from a night on a Circle Line boat tour when Dunston - a police officer for eight years - got a text message from another woman... An argument soon erupted... Lisa Evans, 41, whose apartment is below the couple's, said she heard shouts: "No! No! No! Don't shoot!"... LeGall was taken to Harlem Hospital, where she was in critical but stable condition... Dunston, who is works out of the 108th Precinct in Long Island City, was treated for her head injury at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia. She was arrested and charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. She was suspended without pay... [Full article here]

COP SHOOTS HER PARTNER: Off-Duty Police Officer 'Justified' in Shooting Girlfriend, Lawyer Says
By Shayna Jacobs
August 10, 2010
[Excerpts] MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — An off-duty police officer charged with shooting her domestic partner during a dispute over a text message was "justified" when she opened fire, her lawyer said Tuesday. Edgar De Leon, attorney for Ekeythia Dunston, 32, who is assigned to the 108th Precinct in Queens, said his client was defending herself from her girlfriend, Erica LeGall, 42, who hit her with an iron. "She was going to get her head cracked open," said De Leon. "This was a justified shooting. She was severely assaulted with an iron."... Prosecutors said charges have not been filed against LeGall, who underwent surgery, according to the criminal complaint. De Leon said Dunston intends to press charges against her girlfriend. [Full article here]

BY Melissa Grace and Jonathan Lemire
August 10th 2010
[Excerpts] ... Ekeythia Dunston, who joined the NYPD eight years ago, was arraigned on assault charges Tuesday morning and released after she made $1,000 bail... Investigators believe LeGall got the upper hand, snatched a clothes iron and bashed Dunston with it several times on the head, according to prosecutors. Dunston managed to free herself and grab her service revolver - and then fired a pair of shots... "Dunston was severely beaten with the iron," said her defense lawyer, Edgar De Leon. "Her head was almost split open... It was a domestic dispute that escalated and she had to defend herself... I think it is safe to say this relationship is over." De Leon claimed the low bail - and the lack of an attempted murder charge - shows that prosecutors believe Dunston's claim of self-defense... LeGall, who is in stable condition at Harlem Hospital, will also be charged, according to prosecutors. Her arraignment is expected later this week... "If she didn't do nothing she'd probably be dead right now," said Dunston's father, Bryant... [Full article here]
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1 comment:

  1. Cop's shot gal pal also charged in fight
    Last Updated: 11:50 AM, August 18, 2010
    Posted: 3:14 AM, August 18, 2010

    A messy domestic battle in which a city cop admittedly shot her girlfriend with her service revolver in Harlem got messier yesterday when the girlfriend was charged with starting the fight -- by swinging a clothing iron.

    Erica Legall, 42, was charged with felony assault for allegedly striking her gal pal, Ekeythia Dunston, 32, in the head with the iron as they sparred over the contents of a text message in Legall's apartment last week.

    Dunston is the niece of former Met and Brooklyn sandlot legend Shawon Dunston.

    Legall, who'd been hospitalized for bullet wounds to the shoulder and leg, was freed without bail.
    Erica LeGall leaves court after being arraigned.
    Steven Hirsch
    Erica LeGall leaves court after being arraigned.

    Ekeythia Dunston was charged last week with the highest level of felony assault -- a charge carrying a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison -- and is free on $1,000 bail.

    The two signed orders of protection against each other.


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