A Brooklyn man accused of pushing an NYPD officer over a railing to his death as he attempted to flee cops has been charged with first-degree murder.
George Villanueva, 42, of Boerum Hill, is being held on charges of aggravated murder, assault and criminal contempt in the death of police officer Alain Schaberger.
According to authorities, when responding to a report of a domestic dispute at 334 Bergen St., Schaberger and his partner discovered the victim at the location, but were told that the suspect, Villanueva, had fled.
The officers later found Villanueva at his home at 45 St. Marks Place, but when officers tried to arrest him he became combative, according to police.
During the struggle, Villanueva pushed officer Alain Schaberger, 48, over a railing, causing the officer to fall nine feet down a cement stairwell, police said. Officer Schaberger broke his neck in the fall and was pronounced dead on arrival at Lutheran Hospital.
Villanueva, who has a long history of violence, had one wrist handcuffed when he used both hands to push officer Schaberger backwards over the railing, police said.
The police investigation into the incident is ongoing.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun