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NYPD detective convicted of shooting man in buttocks: DA

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A Queens NYPD detective and former bodyguard to Mayor Michael Bloomberg was convicted Thursday of shooting another man in the buttocks while off duty in 2010, the Queens DA said.

A Queens Supreme Court jury found Leopold McLean, 48, guilty of attempted murder, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, and a maximum of 25 years, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

McLean arrived at the South Jamaica home of a woman he knew Nov. 13 at about 12:30 a.m., but found another man was there as well, according to the DA.

After demanding to know what the man, Lepaul Gammons, was doing, McLean pointed a black Kahr 9mm Luger pistol at him and eventually opened fire when Gammons tried to run away, Brown said.

“This is truly a sad day for everyone when a police officer is convicted of breaking the very laws he had sworn to uphold. But in the pursuit of justice, nobody is above the law. The defendant must now bear responsibility for his actions,” Brown said.

McLean was initially charged with covering up the shooting, according to a report in the New York Post. After the incident, McLean called 911 and reported a break in to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, neglecting to mention he fired his weapon and wounded Gammons, the Post reported.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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