Brooklyn man targeted NYPD cops with exploding package, feds say

The authorities respond to the site of the deadly explosion on July 28 of last year.

(Fox 5 NY)

Authorities on Wednesday charged a Brooklyn man in connection with a deadly package explosion that was meant for an agent, but instead killed a landlord in the borough of Queens in 2017.

A joint FBI, ATF, and NYPD investigation is underway since the summer of 2017 explosion outside a rental home in Springfield Gardens.

In the course of the probe, agents and officers searched a home in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

Federal prosecutors charged Victor Kingsley, 37, with using a weapon of mass destruction as part of a plot to take revenge against the police, who arrested him in January 2014, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. But no officers lived in the house.

“Kingsley’s cowardly act was meant to be the target of a New York City police officer for doing his job and this resulted in the tragic death of an unintended victim,” Police Commissioner James O’neill said in a statement. “This was a case where the NYPD Detective Bureau, Intelligence Bureau, and the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, combined with their expertise and unique talents to find a needle in a haystack—the clues that would lead to the identification of a bomber who went to great lengths to remain hidden.”

Queens resident George Wray was the rent of the Springfield Gardens house for two families. On July 28, 2017, he picked up a package that had been sitting on the porch for about a week, police said. The package explodes, burning of Wray’s head, legs and torso, police said. He died a few days later, the NYPD said.

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