- - Monday, May 4, 2015

NYPD Officer Brian Moore, who was shot in the face by an ex-con, died Monday. He was 25.

Officer Moore died at Queens General Hospital, two days after being shot, the New York Daily News reported.

Demetrius Blackwell was arrested for gunning down the officer on Saturday in Queens Village.

“This was nothing more and nothing less than a cold-blooded attempt at an assassination of New York’s finest,” Assistant District Attorney Peter McCormack said prior to Officer Moore’s death.

McCormack said Moore and patrol partner Erik Jansen - both in plainclothes in an unmarked police car - approached Blackwell on a Queens street after seeing him tugging at his waistband around 6:15 p.m. Saturday and asked him “What are you carrying?”

The officers ordered Blackwell to stop and exchanged words with him. That’s when Blackwell turned, the prosecutor said, and “in a vicious manner started to fire” - at least two shots.

Jansen was not hit and radioed for help.

— Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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