Who is Raul Hardy? NYPD cops gun down man threatening to ASSASSINATE Kathy Hochul

Sixty-year-old Hardy said he would 'change the government' by assassinating New York gov Kathy Hochul and the 'PD Chief


                            Who is Raul Hardy? NYPD cops gun down man threatening to ASSASSINATE Kathy Hochul
NYPD officers gunned down a Queens man threatening to kill Kathy Hochul (R) (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images and Craig Ruttle-Pool/Getty Images)
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QUEENS, NEW YORK: NYPD officers gunned down a Queens man who threatened to kill Kathy Hochul and other top officials. The man allegedly also said that he was going to “blow up” the world on Saturday evening, July 9. Police arrived at 205-17 116th Ave in Cambria Heights shortly after 6 pm after the man, identified by sources as Raul Hardly, made several threatening 911 calls. 

Sixty-year-old Hardy said he would “change the government” by assassinating New York gov Kathy Hochul and the “PD Chief". He also said he would “blow up” the world, police and law enforcement sources claimed. “He clearly stated that he was going to blow the head off of the first police officers that he saw,” NYPD Chief of Patrol Jeffery Madley said at a news conference. “A short time later he made another 911 call and he basically reiterated the same thing.”

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Who is Raul Hardy?

A group of NYPD officers responded to the call and came down to Hardy’s house with guns drawn. Hardy emerged from the house but refused to show his hands and cooperate with the cops. He then opened fire on the officers, which made six cops fire back, killing him. “There was a high volume of rounds fired tonight, probably north of 100,” Madley said. Police tried to perform CPR and administer life-saving measures, but Hardy was later pronounced dead at a hospital. 

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Hardy's cousin told New York Post that he came to the scene of the crime after a relative called him and said his aunt was in trouble, possibly because Hardy had been shot. "All my life I’ve known him to live there,”  Brian Ware, 56, said. "Never knew him to have any guns.” The cousin claimed that Hardy did landscaping work. According to sources, the suspect had multiple prior domestic incident arrests. 

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None of the officers were wounded in the attack. "This is the danger, the inherent danger that members of this department face," Hadley said. Hadley added that police had to “unfortunately” use their weapons. “We never want to see that happen,” he said.

Earlier in June, a California man armed with a pistol and tactical knife was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home after he hatched a plan to murder him to “give his life purpose,” prosecutors said. Nicholas John Roske, 26, was arrested by the Montgomery County Police Department.

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Investigators took him into custody after they searched his suitcase and found a small arsenal, including a tactical police vest, a tactical knife, pepper spray, zip ties, a Glock 17 pistol, and two magazines and ammunition. A number of burglary tools were also found, including a hammer, a screwdriver, a nail punch, a crowbar, a pistol light, duct tape, and a pair of hiking boots with padding on the soles' exterior part, which showed his intention to break into Kavanaugh's home. He is facing a charge of attempted murder, court records revealed. If convicted he could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

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