Fugitive Who Shot at Deputy United States Marshals Indicted on Attempted Murder, Assault, Robbery and Firearms Charges
Derome Gray is scheduled to be arraigned at 10:00 A.M. today before United States District Judge Sandra L. Townes, at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York, on a superseding indictment charging him with attempted murder of federal officers, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and multiple firearms charges.
The charges were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Charles G. Dunne, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York, Ronald J. Verrochio, Postal Inspector-in-Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service, and Joseph Anarumo, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), New York Field Division.
According to the superseding indictment, trial testimony in United States v. Jerry N. McCullough, 08 CR 421 (Townes, J.), and evidence presented at Gray’s previous detention hearing, early in the morning on June 8, 2007, Gray, McCullough, and Derek Cochran, with prior assistance provided by a then-employee of the United States Postal Service, subdued three Postal Service employees at gunpoint, stole cash from the post office vault, and escaped. An investigation by the Postal Inspectors identified Gray, McCullough, and Cochran as the robbers, and Susan McMillan as the Postal Service employee who provided them with the code to breach the post office’s security. Cochran subsequently pleaded guilty to robbery and firearms charges, and McMillan pleaded guilty to robbery charges. McCullough was convicted of robbery and firearms charges at trial. Gray, however, allegedly fled and became a fugitive. The United States Marshals Service tracked Gray for over two years before locating him at a private home in Queens, New York. On October 3, 2011, Deputy United States Marshals and other members of the United States Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force entered the home to arrest Gray. Gray allegedly responded by firing two rounds at the Marshals. The Marshals successfully took Gray into custody without returning fire. Special Agents of the ATF responded immediately to the scene of the shooting and have led the investigation into the attempted murder of the Marshals.
“The defendant allegedly put the lives of three postal workers in jeopardy and then more than four years later tried to shoot his way out of taking responsibility for his indicted crimes. We take these cases extremely seriously, and just as the Marshals are relentless in pursuing fugitives, we will spare no resources in investigating and prosecuting those who would do harm to the brave men and women in law enforcement who, quite literally, put their lives on the line every day,” stated United State Attorney Lynch. Ms. Lynch expressed her grateful appreciation to the Postal Inspectors and ATF agents and added that the government’s investigation is continuing.
U.S. Marshal Dunne stated, “Derome Gray was a fugitive for several years before the Marshals tracked him to an apartment full of illegal firearms. Instead of surrendering, Gray allegedly chose to shoot it out. The Marshals showed great restraint by not returning fire into the apartment. If they had returned fire, this event could have ended much differently for Mr. Gray.”
Postal Inspector-in-Charge Verrochio stated, “Postal Inspectors will spare no resource in capturing and ensuring prosecution of individuals who put the lives of our employees and those of our federal counterparts in harm’s way.”
ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Anarumo stated, “As alleged in the indictment, this violent fugitive who was willing to shoot at law enforcement officers to avoid capture, was safely apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force. The heroic efforts of the arrest team are commendable. ATF is committed to working shoulder to shoulder with our federal partners in the fight against violent crime. Holding accountable those who would use firearms to assault our nation’s law enforcement is our highest priority, and this defendant’s arrest and indictment is a testament to that collective resolve.”
If convicted of the charges in the superseding indictment, the defendant faces up to life imprisonment.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Seth DuCharme and Justin Lerer.
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