Sergeant Erik Duran –  Husband, Father, Professional

Wrongfully Indicted for Protecting Lives While on Duty

Sgt. Erik Duran has served in the NYPD since 2007 when he enrolled in the Cadet Program.  In 2010 he was sworn in as a police officer and has served with distinction ever since.  He is the recipient of 32 Excellent Police Duty Medals and 7 Meritorious Police Duty Medals.  He is a devoted husband and father of 3 children.   He is the son of Ecuadorian immigrants who raised in the same Bronx neighborhood where this incident occurred.

Incident Details

Why We Need Your Help

At approximately 5 p.m. on August 23, members of the Bronx Narcotics team arrived on Aqueduct Avenue between West 190th and 192nd Streets in the Bronx to conduct their fourth “buy-and-bust” operation of the day. During the operation,  team members identified  Mr. Duprey  as the person selling drugs to an undercover officer in a crowded park filled with children.  When the team attempted to arrest Duprey he got on a motorized scooter to flee, driving down the sidewalk at approximately 40 miles per hour toward Sgt. Duran and his team as they were on that sidewalk attempting to arrest one of Duprey’s accomplices.  When Sgt. Duran realized that Duprey was about to strike him and his team he grabbed a cooler off of a nearby table and threw it at Mr. Duprey hoping to cause Duprey to change direction.  The cooler struck Duprey  causing him to lose control of the motorcycle.  Mr. Duprey then sideswiped a tree before he was thrown from the scooter and hit his head on the curb, landing under a parked vehicle. Mr. Duprey was pronounced dead at the scene.

On January 23, 2024 New York Attorney General Leticia James obtained an Indictment of Sgt. Duprey for Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Assault First Degree and Assault Second Degree.  In obtaining this indictment Ms. James completely ignores the grave danger Mr. Duprey put countless people in by riding a motorcycle on a crowded sidewalk at 40 miles per hour.  She has also dishonestly characterized Sgt. Durans actions as “trying to stop Duprey from escaping”.  Sgt. Duran was protecting the lives of his detectives, the perpetrator they were attempting to arrest, himself and the public in general.

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