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25-year-old NYPD officer dies after being shot in the head

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Courtesy: NYPD and WPIX

QUEENS, N.Y. (WPIX) – A 25-year-old officer with the NYPD died on Monday after being shot in the head while sitting in an unmarked car.

Officer Brian Moore had been in a coma since Saturday night when he underwent surgery for “severe injuries to his skull and brain.”

On Saturday night, authorities say 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell opened fire on Moore and his partner as they sat in plainclothes in an unmarked police car.

After the shooting, Blackwell ran from the scene, but was captured a short time later.

Now, community leaders are left to mourn the loss of a young officer who died in the line of duty.

“In his very brief career, less than five years, he had already proved himself to be an exceptional young officer,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said outside Jamaica Hospital Monday afternoon.

Moore had received two police Exceptional Police service medals, and two Meritorious Police service medals.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Police Officer Brian Moore,” said Mayor de Blasio in a statement.  “For five years, Brian served with distinction and he put his life on the line each day to keep us all safe. On Saturday, he made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the people of New York City. During this tragic time, New Yorkers must come together to support the Moore family in any way we can, and on behalf of a grateful city, Chirlane and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Moore family and to the entire NYPD family.”