WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - An Elmsford man has been sentenced to more than a decade behind bars for his role in the shooting of a retired Greenburgh police officer.
On Wednesday, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced that Taqiy Walton, 35, had been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges in the 2015 shooting.
According to Scarpino, at approximately 3:45 p.m. on July 13, 2015, Walton’s victim and his son - who was a current Greenburgh police officer - spotted a car in the driveway of what was believed to be a vacant home on Payne Road in Elmsford, prompting the pair to investigate the situation.
Upon approaching the allegedly vacant home, Walton and another man emerged from the residence, when the defendant and his accomplice “became belligerent towards the victim and his son,” according to a police report.
As the victim and his son turned to leave Walton, he fired a semi-automatic pistol at the pair, striking his victim once in the torso and arm before fleeing in a car, of which the victim’s son was able to record the license plate.
The shooting sparked an extensive investigation that involved multiple police departments and other agencies. Walton was eventually apprehended with his co-defendant by officers with the Yonkers Police Department on the Sprain Brook Parkway.
Walton has been remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections. Last week, his co-defendant was sentenced to three and a half years in state prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of burglary.