Dion Middleton, a 45-year-old New York Corrections officer, was charged with murder in the July 22 death of 18-year-old Raymond Chaluisant.
The incident, believed to have taken place in the Bronx on July 21, is described in a report by the New York Attorney General when Dion Middleton allegedly shot at a car carrying Raymond Chaluisant, punching the youngster in the face.
Dion Middleton, a district attorney, works at a shooting range and instructs the NYPD police.
He then went to work after the murder of Raymond Chaluisant, aged 18.
Chaluisant was taken to a hospital as soon as first responders arrived, where he succumbed to his injuries.
After the incident, Middleton is said to have left the area and started working as a correctional officer, according to CBS. He was apprehended there by NYPD officers. Middleton was charged with second-degree manslaughter and first- and second-degree manslaughter.
Why is Dion Middleton said to have shot Raymond Chaluisant?
After a brief encounter, Dion Middleton allegedly opened fire on Raymond Chaluisant’s vehicle, according to the New York Post. According to Middleton’s defense, the jailer shot Chaluisant because he believed the adolescent was carrying a real weapon, even though Chaluisant’s body was found with a plastic water pellet gun.
Bead Blasters are air rifles because they fire gel water beads that are pushed by a spring-loaded air pump. NYC has laws about owning and using air weapons.
Violators found in possession of this will be subject to a criminal subpoena and the weapon will be confiscated.
Middleton fired at the teen when he felt a “stab in his back,” which is believed to be a bullet from the toy gun, according to Middleton’s attorney Joey Jackson.
According to the defense, Jackson acted on the assumption that the gun was real. He noted in Bronx Criminal Court:
I try to set the tone. Given this context, the court might conclude that when my client fired a single bullet, he did so under the assumption that his life was in imminent danger.
President Benny Boscio of the Corrections Officer Benevolent Organization, a union to which Dion Middleton belongs, also confirmed in an official statement that the shooting was carried out in self-defense.
A fake gun could easily be mistaken for a real one, the union chief said, adding that it was reasonable for Middleton to feel threatened.
“As the photos of this water gun show, toy firearms are no longer toys and continue to pose a threat to public safety. To ensure Agent Middleton’s legal rights are enforced, we will represent him to the best of our ability.
Jackson speculated that Chaluisant might have unloaded the water pellet gun as a result of a TikTok challenge, in which young people allegedly shoot toy guns at random people.
“Let’s just call it a weapon. It looks realistic and fires pellets, which can be painful.
This is very popular on TikTok, and if they continue to use it, I think a lot more young people will have serious problems.