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Hero Queens cop released from hospital

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

Officer Joseph Koch, 29, shot as he responded to a domestic violence incident on Father’s Day, was released from Jamaica Hospital today.

The hero cop was greeted by a wall of blue as he was wheeled out.

Koch was leaving the home of his fiancee’s father on South Road in Jamaica on Sunday, June 16 when he saw a 10-year-old boy run out of a nearby house and shout for help. The boy claimed his mother was being assaulted inside, police said.

Koch went into the home and found Jose Bernazard, 40, attacking his former girlfriend and the boy’s mother, Christina Rodriguez.

Bernazard, of Brooklyn, had allegedly broken into Rodriguez’s home, where he allegedly attacked her and her son, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Neighbor Angela Richards said Bernazard had slashed the woman across her forehead.

However, this wasn’t the first time Bernazard had gone after Rodriguez. In January 2012, Rodriguez was asleep in her home and awoke to find Bernazard on top of her. He allegedly choked and repeatedly punched her. After the arrest for that incident, Bernazard was released on his own recognizance and served with an order of protection, Brown said.

After Koch heard the boy’s screams for help, he entered the home with his gun drawn and Bernazard attacked, going for the gun. Three shots were fired during the struggle, one hitting Koch’s left hand and another in Bernazard’s stomach, police said.

Following the incident, Bernazard was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, assault, menacing a police officer, criminal contempt, aggravated criminal contempt, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.



UPDATE: Police seek three suspects in fatal Queens stabbing

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Video courtesy of NYPD

Update Wednesday, May 15: Police have released a video of three suspects seen prior to the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man in South Richmond Hill early Sunday. A prior person of interest in the case is one of the three suspects, said authorities.

Tuesday, May 14:

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in regards to the whereabouts and identity of a person of interest in the stabbing death of a man in South Richmond Hill Sunday.

Around 3:50 a.m.officers were approached by a man holding his stomach near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street, claiming he had been stabbed, said police.

The victim, later identified as 21-year-old Stephen James of Queens, was taken to Jamaica Hospital. Police were informed around 7:45 a.m. Monday that James had died from his injuries.

The NYPD has released a video of the person of interest.


Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.