Jeffrey Thurston, suspect in footballers’ shooting in Queens, dies in police custody

Jeffrey Thurston

Jeffrey Thurston, the gunman who shot a former college football star outside a deli in Queens on Monday is in police custody, authorities revealed Wednesday.

According to a report by the New York Daily, the apprehension of Jeffrey Thurston comes just two days after officials said he was captured on surveillance video pulling a gun and shooting 20-year-old SUNY Buffalo football star Malachi Capers.

The one-time defensive end remains in the hospital.

“Great investigative work done by the 105 Precinct Detective Squad, Queens South Homicide, Sergeant Castle, Detective Covatti & the rest of Team Castle from Regional Fugitive Task Force for apprehending Jeffrey Thurston in less than 48 hours,” wrote NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison on Twitter.

Capers was shot after getting into a scuffle with Thurston just after 4:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

According to video footage released by police, Thurston was inside the 136th Ave. Deli at the corner 136th Ave. and Springfield Blvd. in Laurelton when Capers appeared to accidentally bump into him.

The pair then got into a fight, which spilled out onto the sidewalk outside the deli.

That’s when video footage shows the man identified by police as Thurston pulling a gun and shooting Capers.


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