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Suspect pleads not guilty in fatal shooting of NYPD detective during traffic stop

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Lindy Jones, the accused in the tragic shooting of NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller last month in Far Rockaway, Queens, has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the incident.

The shooting, which claimed the life of Detective Diller, unfolded during a routine traffic stop on March 25, sending shockwaves through the community and law enforcement.

The courtroom was tense as prosecutors detailed their case, alleging that Jones was driving the vehicle when his passenger, Guy Rivera, fatally shot Detective Diller. Rivera, now facing multiple charges including first-degree murder of a police officer, is slated to appear in court next month.

Jones, 29, is facing charges of criminal possession of a loaded firearm and possession of a defaced weapon. Notably, at the time of the fatal traffic stop, Jones had been out on $75,000 bail for a prior weapons offense.

This prior incident has added complexity and scrutiny to the current case, as authorities investigate how Jones allegedly came to possess a firearm again despite his legal history.

The tragic loss of Detective Diller has deeply impacted the NYPD and the wider law enforcement community. Diller, 31, was a dedicated officer known for his professionalism and commitment to public safety.

His death has renewed calls for stricter gun control measures and has prompted discussions about the risks faced by officers during routine duties.

The court appearance today marks a critical juncture in the ongoing legal proceedings. Jones, maintaining his innocence, has hired defense counsel to represent him as the case unfolds.

The community continues to mourn Detective Diller’s loss while awaiting justice in this high-profile case.

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