“They’re cops, you idiot!”

Posted by on Dec 09, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Meet Victor Santos, the latest Darwin Award recipient.

A pair of undercover cops fatally shot an opportunistic crook in Queens last night after he pointed a pellet gun at them as they arrested a drug dealer, police said.

Not realizing that the two plainclothes men were actually police officers involved in a drug buy-and-bust, Victor Santos, 42, thought he had stumbled on a robbery in progress at Seneca and Gates Avenues in Ridgewood — and hoped to clean out all three men for himself, authorities said.

“He thinks he’s witnessing a drug [robbery] and thinks he’s going to take the proceeds from everyone,’’ said a police source, adding that Santos was known in the neighborhood for pulling heists.

Santos exited the livery car he was in, ran toward the trio and raised his gun at the officers as their backs were turned, police said.

The handcuffed dealer saw Santos pulling his weapon and informed him that he was waving a gun at law enforcement, not a pair of thugs, authorities said.

‘They’re cops, you idiot!” Rivera bellowed as the detectives wheeled around to face Santos.

Face to face with what they thought was a Glock semiautomatic pistol, the officers squeezed off six shots and struck the seasoned shakedown artist three times in the torso and leg, cops said.

He was later pronounced dead on arrival at nearby Wyckoff Hospital.

Sources said Santos’ weapon was later discovered to be a Walther CP99 compressed air pistol.

Investigators believe that the killing was justified because the officers had good reason to think that the weapon was real and feared for their lives, police said.


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4 Responses to ““They’re cops, you idiot!””

  1. Snake Oil Baron on 9/09/12 at 8:18 pm

    More than justified. Using a fake gun should be considered the same as using a real one as far as crimes are concerned since it carries many of the same risks and can be as traumatic for the victim as an armed robbery.

    Even if they had not been cops, this demonstrates traits which are better off culled from the gene-pool.

  2. Jon Brooks on 10/10/12 at 7:43 am

    My favorite Darwin Award winner (if true) is still the guy who wanted to do a huge load of laundry. Since they wouldn’t fit properly he started to stomp on the clothes and somehow thru mistreatment of the washer it started to agitate on its own. As he is being tossed back and forth, with his legs stuck, and he begins to yell excitedly. His pitbull hears the commotion runs to the back and begins to become overly agitated upon seeing this going on. When the man finally falls out onto the floor his dog attacks him killing him.

    Two cops, George Kennedy and leslie Neilsen, show up to investigate, George starts crying and leslie asks: “Why are you crying?” George replies “Thats how my father died.”

  3. thanks 47% on 10/10/12 at 9:12 am

    I like the honorable mention Darwin of the guy who tied weather balloons to his reclining lawn chair and promptly lifted to 20,000 feet. It didn’t end fatally so it is only honorable mention.