2016-06-22 / Front Page

NYPD Applauds Ex-Cop In Bar Shooting

By Liz Goff
A Queens gunman picked the wrong bar to rob on June 13.

Andrew McClean, 24, walked into the Parkside Pub on 149th Street near 14th Road in Whitestone at about 4 a.m. on June 13, where he waved a semiautomatic handgun and ordered a bartender to open the cash register, police said.

McClean cleaned out the register and then turned the gun on retired cop Robert Beardsley, 49, and two other bar patrons, police said.

Beardsley pulled out his .38 caliber revolver and shot McClean in the head, preventing the career criminal from robbing and causing serious injury to bar patrons and employees, police said. Cops said McClean had a history of seven prior arrests, including one for heroin possession. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beardsley was taken to the 109th Precinct for questioning and was later released. He was not charged in the shooting.

Beardsley was assigned to a Harlem precinct for seven years before he was forced to retire on disability in 1975, a police source said.

People in Beardsley’s Whitestone neighborhood applauded his actions. “He saw a man with a gun robbing people, and he ended it before an innocent victim got hurt or killed,” a neighbor said. “He did what he had to do.”

“Who knows what the gunman could have done?” a law enforcement source said. “The guy could have shot and killed each of those people before he was done.”

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce applauded Beardsley’s quick thinking and said his action was justified.

 

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