NYPD shooting suspect arrested in Jacksonville awaiting extradition

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The New York Police Department says an officer shot by a man recently arrested in Jacksonville is not dead as they previously reported.

Lester Pearson, 43, is currently being held in the Duval County Jail.

Pearson made his first court appearance over the weekend. He is being held on $40,000 bond.


Action News Jax first reported Friday that U.S. marshals arrested Pearson at a home in North Jacksonville.

According to a New York Post article from 1999, Pearson allegedly ran into an officer he knew on the street, started an argument with him and shot him.

Over the weekend, NYPD officers said the officer died years later, but on Monday they confirmed Officer Vincent Ling is alive. Ling has since retired from the force.

Police have not said when Pearson will be extradited to New York.

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