Off-duty NYC corrections officer fatally shot after leaving party

John Jeff, 28, was found dead on the sidewalk with 11 gunshot wounds


By Sarah Calams

NEW YORK — An off-duty New York City corrections officer was fatally shot after leaving a party Saturday. 

NYPost.com reported that John Jeff, 28, was found dead on the sidewalk around 3:30 a.m. with 11 gunshot wounds. Police said the shooting occurred after Jeff got into a parking dispute with several men at the scene. A good Samaritan tried to perform CPR on Jeff, but he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

John Jeff was assigned to the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island. (Courtesy photo)
John Jeff was assigned to the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island. (Courtesy photo)

"I was busy trying to save him. I saw blood but I only realized he was shot in the head when the police came," the good Samaritan said. 

Jeff, who had only two years on the job, was assigned to the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island.

"Jeff had his whole life and career ahead of him," Correction Officers Benevolent Association president Benny Boscio Jr. said. "He was well-liked and highly regarded by his fellow officers. Our hearts and prayers are with Correction Officer Jeff's family and his fellow officers at AMKC during this painful time."

COBA is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of Jeff's killer. Mayor Bill de Blasio also tweeted that any information should be given to the NYPD. 

"Chirlane and I are keeping this young man's family, loved ones and brothers and sisters in @CorrectionNYC in our hearts today," Mayor de Blasio tweeted.

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