City fire marshals, with their keen observation skills, apprehended two individuals suspected of attempted murder on the street on Thursday night. The authorities involved in the investigation believe that these individuals were involved in an arson incident.
Around 9:30 p.m., three quick-responding marshals were conducting an inquiry into a suspicious fire in Parkchester, The Bronx. They were at the corner of Archer Street and Thieriot Avenue when, about a block away at the Leland Avenue intersection, a 29-year-old man was shot. This information was provided by the FDNY and NYPD.
According to fire officials, on Friday, one of the marshals noticed the two suspects, Jaquan Morant, 27, and Sebastian R. Santos, 18, right before the shooting. One of the marshals had been relocating his vehicle on the corner when he saw one of the suspects with his arm up.
Last night, FDNY Fire Marshals arrested 2 attempted murder suspects at the corner of Archer Street & Thieriot Avenue, Bx. 3 Fire Marshals were in the area investigating an arson. 1 FM was moving his vehicle on the corner when he observed two men up the block, 1 with his arm up. pic.twitter.com/BP69JM8CNA
— FDNY (@FDNY) January 12, 2024
The marshal swiftly sought shelter behind his clearly identifiable FDNY vehicle when he heard the sound of four or five gunshots, according to officials.
The department shared a grainy video that depicted Morant and Santos wearing backpacks as they swiftly ran up the block, according to authorities.
As the situation escalated, the marshal swiftly appeared from the back of his vehicle, brandishing his firearm and shouting, “Police! Put your hands up!” according to the department.
In the video, both suspects can be seen raising their hands, with at least one of them subsequently kneeling down.
According to the FDNY, the two additional marshals who were in the vicinity heard the initial gunshots and promptly rushed to the scene to offer support to their fellow marshal.
Officials said the suspects had a Glock .380 firearm with a high-capacity magazine, which the marshals were able to recover.
The NYPD promptly arrived on the scene and apprehended Morant and Santos.
According to the authorities, police have charged both individuals with multiple offenses, including attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.