Suspect in Post Office Robbery Is Arrested

A man wanted in connection with a post office robbery four years ago fired two gunshots Monday morning at deputy United States marshals who had tracked him down to a house in Jamaica, Queens, a spokesman for the United States Marshals Service said.

None of the officers were hurt, and they eventually talked the wanted man, Derome Gray, into surrendering, according to the spokesman, Deputy Marshal James Elcik. No additional shots were fired, he said.

Prosecutors said that Mr. Gray, 40, and others robbed a post office on Archer Avenue in Jamaica in June 2007. The robbers gained access to the safe after threatening the manager by pointing a gun at his head, but prosecutors said that the robbery yielded little.

According to a recent government court filing, the robbers “failed to discover” approximately $60,000 in the post office.

A postal employee, who prosecutors say supplied the intruders the key code to the back door, has pleaded guilty to related charges, court records indicate.

Mr. Gray, who already faces charges of robbery and unlawful use of a firearm, is likely to face additional charges in connection with the encounter with marshals on Monday, Mr. Elcik said. He is expected to appear in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon.

On Monday, the authorities recovered several firearms, including a submachine gun, at the scene of Mr. Gray’s arrest, on 144th Terrace, a spokesman for the United States attorney’s office, Robert Nardoza, said. A second man was also taken into custody, the authorities said.

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