Household and buddies mourn the lack of a retired NYPD officer who was shot and killed outdoors a pizzeria in Brooklyn
KENSINGTON, Brooklyn (WABC) – A ward mourns a retired police officer who was killed in an argument in Brooklyn on Monday and has not been charged with death.
Thomas Marrinan, 57, died after being shot in the upper body during a confrontation on 3rd and Church Avenues in the Kensington section.
Marrinan heard someone threatening an 86-year-old man at a nearby pizzeria and came along with a 53-year-old retired correctional officer to end the argument.
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But when they tried to overpower the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Michael Soto from Brooklyn, the retired correctional officer drew his gun.
Police say he fired one round and hit both Marrinan and Soto.
“There was a physical fight,” said NYPD deputy chief Joseph Gulotta. “During the fight, the 53-year-old man drew his gun and we believe a shot was fired that hit both victims.”
They were both taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where the officer was pronounced dead.
“My heart is with his family,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday. “Really, really terrible loss.”
When he was shot his friends rushed to him but couldn’t help the man they say helped everyone.
A woman named Natalie owns the pizzeria where it happened.
“I feel like I’ve lost a brother,” she said. “My workers, he came in to see how they were doing, whether everything was okay, bought coffee, bought them lottery tickets, just an all-round wonderful, perfect person.”
He was inside just seconds before the shooting, buying a disc. After hearing the noise outside, a clerk asked him not to go out for once.
“The piece stayed here,” said Natalie. “His change of $ 20 stayed over there.”
Marrinan lived just around the corner with his wife and son, whom he proudly saw last weekend when he graduated from high school.
His nephew wrote a loving tribute, saying, “Whether he was baking cookies for union meetings, making chicken parms for the vacation, telling jokes, or growing his hair out for charity, Uncle Tommy had a heart of gold!”
But that was just his nature, according to those who knew him.
“He would give you the shirt off his back,” said friend Alan Dubrow. “I mean that literally. He was walking down Church Avenue, ‘Would you like coffee?'”
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Marrinan retired a few years ago after working in transit and was a PBA delegate.
“A terrible, terrible thing,” said retired traffic worker Ronald Sackeroff. “You try to do something right and it happens.”
It is not known what led to the initial dispute.
Soto was charged with manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide, and second degree assault.
Soto has six previous arrests. They include:
– May 2020 – Strangulation, Domestic
– March 2019 – Protection violation order
– Feb. 2019 – Assault, punched person in the nose, probably in the household. Violation of the protection order
– Sept. 2018 – Robbery, another infringement of property rights
– Nov 2015 – Marijuana sales
– Nov. 2006 – possession of a BB pistol
The investigation continues.
In less than 24 hours, the ward has rallied around the family and contributed over $ 28,000. Click here to donate to his GoFundMe.
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