A man who was wanted on child molestation charges was killed in a shootout with police after being showcased on a television show. The New York Times reports that the man, Charles Mozdir, was featured this month on CNN’s “The Hunt.”
Mozdir, who was wanted on charges in California, was killed in a shootout in New York City, after someone saw him on the show and called to provide a tip about his whereabouts, the story reports.
Mozdir was reportedly working in a Greenwich Village smoke shop when two federal marshals and a New York City police detective entered the store after receiving the tip, the story says. The suspect reportedly shot and wounded the marshals and the police detective before they fired back and killed him.
The officer was being treated at a hospital and was in stable condition, while the marshals had non-life-threatening injuries, the piece notes.
“Mr. Mozdir, according to ‘The Hunt,’ was close friends with the couple in California whose child, now 7, he would eventually be accused of molesting. He even photographed their wedding,” the story notes.
Mozdir had reportedly been on the run since 2012.