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.”
— New York Post (@nypost) June 20, 2019
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.
His blood still blue, retired NYPD Detective Dave Morales showed calm and restraint when a man threatened subway passengers with a bat- Now an Administration for Children’s Services investigator, Dave’s concern and care for kids carried over to fellow subway riders yesterday pic.twitter.com/pTBGcldWIe
— NYPD Transit (@NYPDTransit) June 20, 2019
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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