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Elmsford Men Charged With Attempted Murder After Ex-Greenburgh Officer Shot

Taqiy A Walton, 34, of 9 Sears Ave. in Elmsford has been charged with attempted murder in connection with Monday's shooting.
Taqiy A Walton, 34, of 9 Sears Ave. in Elmsford has been charged with attempted murder in connection with Monday's shooting. Photo Credit: Greenburgh Police Department
Adam R. Larregue, 20, of 142 Winthrop Ave. in Elmsford has been charged with attempted murder in connection with Monday's shooting.
Adam R. Larregue, 20, of 142 Winthrop Ave. in Elmsford has been charged with attempted murder in connection with Monday's shooting. Photo Credit: Greenburgh Police Department
Greenburgh police and TV news crews at the corner of Payne and Bayberry roads in Elmsford, the scene of a shooting on Monday.
Greenburgh police and TV news crews at the corner of Payne and Bayberry roads in Elmsford, the scene of a shooting on Monday. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Greenburgh police closed Payne Road at Knollwood Road in Elmsford on Monday as they investigated the scene of a shooting.
Greenburgh police closed Payne Road at Knollwood Road in Elmsford on Monday as they investigated the scene of a shooting. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

This story has been updated.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Two men from Elmsford have been charged with second-degree attempted murder, a felony, in connection with Monday's shooting of a retired Greenburgh police officer who police say interrupted a robbery in progress.

Peter Schmidt Sr., who retired in 2005, was shot twice at 5 Payne Road, about 3:45 p.m. on Monday.

The home at that address, which is in Schmidt's neighborhood, was unoccupied. Schmidt was mowing his lawn when he observed someone possibly breaking into the vacant home. When he confronted two men leaving the rear of the home, police said. Schmidt was shot twice.

Schmidt was listed in stable condition on Monday, and resting at home on Tuesday after being treated and released from Westchester Medical Center for injuries to his right forearm and right torso.

Arraigned in Greenburgh Town Court on Tuesday afternoon were Taqiy A Walton, 34, of 9 Sears Ave. in Elmsford and Adam R. Larregue, 20, of 142 Winthrop Ave. in Elmsford. They were sent to County Jail pending a July 21 court appearance. No pleas were entered by their attorneys.

In addition to being charged with two counts apiece on the felony attempted murder charge, both suspects were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, also a felony.

Walton has two prior felony arrests, police said, one for reckless endangerment and another for a violent assault.

Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney said both suspects lived within one mile of the crime scene.

Police said that as the suspects fled Payne Road in a BMW, Schmidt's son, an active police officer who was off duty at the time, radioed the car's license plate number to police headquarters. Yonkers police stopped a vehicle matching that description about 4:30 p.m. in Bronxville, arresting the two suspects.

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