Retired New York police officer faces 25 years for shooting a spectator in the middle of a fight

The former New York police officer charged with shooting an innocent bystander during an argument at a sushi restaurant in Queens was arrested and faces up to 25 years in prison on charges including assault and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said. .

Former police officer Dwayne Chandler, a Staten Island resident, was prosecuted Thursday in Queens Criminal Court for the shooting inside the restaurant on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach earlier this week, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said .

Judge Danielle Hartman set bail of $ 20,000 in bail or $ 10,000 in cash, according to Katz.

“This type of armed violence is unacceptable, particularly when the shooter is presumed to be a retired member of the service. The defendant will now be responsible for his alleged actions, ”Katz said in a statement.

Chandler, 52, allegedly opened fire at the restaurant, Frenasia, around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night after a man he was fighting with threw a chair at him, sources previously told The Post.

But he failed and instead hit an uninvolved man in the lower back. He was rushed to Hospital Jamaica in stable condition.