Man in Fake Beard Fires at Officers in Queens, Police Say

A man disguised with a fake beard and wearing a dark trench coat pulled a gun from his pocket and shot at two police officers who approached him in Queens on Friday afternoon, the police said.

Neither officer was injured when the man, described only as in his 30s, opened fire at the corner of 37th Road and 76th Street in the Jackson Heights section. He fled and was not caught. His fake beard, dark glasses and hat were recovered during the chase, the police said.

Passers-by had alerted the officers who were on patrol in the area of a man — whose beard was described by the police as “obviously fake” — behaving suspiciously about 4 p.m. When they asked him for identification, he pulled a black revolver from his pocket and fired twice, the police said.

A police report about the incident described the man as “well dressed,” and surveillance video from the area provided by the New York City Police Department shows a man in a trench coat, wearing a tie, running down the pavement.

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