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4 stabbed to death, including girl, 11, and boy, 12, by relative fatally shot by NYPD cops outside burning Queens home

Rebecca White, Nicholas Williams and John Annese, New York Daily News on

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A crazed attacker fatally stabbed four relatives — including an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy — and then wounded two NYPD cops before they shot him to death outside his family’s burning Queens home on Sunday morning, according to police.

Cops raced to the home on Beach 22nd St. near Elk Drive in Far Rockaway at around 5:10 a.m. after a young girl called 911 to say her cousin was “killing her family members,” NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said.

The cousin, identified by police as Courtney Gordon, 38, had moved into the home weeks earlier as he faced homelessness in the wake of a separation from his wife, his distraught sister told the Daily News.

“This scene was chaos,” said Patrick Hendry, president of the Police Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s largest union. “Multiple victims, a house on fire and a madman on a rampage.”

When two uniformed cops arrived at the home, tucked behind a long driveway, they saw a man carrying luggage as he walked out. “They engaged him in basically a casual conversation. ‘Hey, did you hear anything, do you know what’s going on?'” Maddrey said.

Within 10 seconds, the man nodded and pulled out a kitchen steak knife. “He immediately attacked both officers,” Maddrey said.


He stabbed one of the cops in the neck and chest area and the other in the head before one of them, a 28-year NYPD veteran, identified by sources as Edmond Decio, opened fire and fatally shot him, Maddrey said. Both officers were hospitalized but expected to recover.

“A couple of millimeters one way or the other, it could have been a problem,” a police source said of Decio’s injuries.

Cops found an 11-year-old girl stabbed in front of the home. She died at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

Gordon lit a living room couch on fire as he left so police couldn’t get into the residence until firefighters extinguished the blaze, cops said.


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