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Bat-Wielding Subway Man Threatens Armed Retired NYPD Cop. It Does Not Go Well For Him

A retired NYPD cop pulled his revolver to subdue a bat-wielding maniac threatening passengers on a city subway Wednesday.

The incident occurred on the G train in Brooklyn around 7 a.m. when Brian Baska, a homeless man wielding a bat, threatened David Morales, a retired 28-year NYPD detective who happened to be carrying his revolver, the New York Post reported.

“You’re gonna hit me with a f–king bat?” Morales said to Baska as he brandished his snub-nose revolver. “Stay where you’re at. Stay where you’re at.”

The exchange was captured on cell phone video by another subway passenger. In the video you can see the detective holding his gun by his side while talking to the unruly passenger, who repeatedly screams “You’re threatening me!”

At the end of the video, the officer informs Baska that he is under arrest. NYPD Transit posted a tweet supporting Morales’ actions.

The detective was interviewed later by CBS2, and clarified that he is required to carry his firearm as part of the current job he holds with another city agency.

Morales told CBS2 that he reverted to his training, and was glad that he was there to help with the situation.

“What you don’t see in the video is that he had put the bat behind his back getting ready for a swing. When I took out my revolver, that’s when he decided not to swing,” Morales said.

“He was looking to commit a crime. If it wasn’t me, it would have been someone else,” Morales added.

Baska has been charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

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One Comment

  1. I’m pretty much of the opinion that he would have been well within his right to shoot the criminal and put him out of everyone else’s misery.

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