A retired NYPD detective offered forgiveness Saturday to the two crooks who roughed her up during an attempted carjacking that ended with her shooting them both.
“I never had to fire my gun in 23 years, but I forgive them,” Erica Marlow, 43, told the Daily News.
Marlow was sitting in her car after dropping off her teenage daughters at a Prudential Center concert Thursday night when the two suspects opened the unlocked doors and attacked her.
“The guy told me he was going to f—–g kill me and he kept screaming at me, ‘I’m going to f—–g kill you!’” Marlow recalled.
Retired NYPD cop shoots two men during Newark carjacking attempt
One of the wannabe carjackers punched her in the face. The other stuck an imitation gun into her rib.
But the suspects – Brian Moore, 27, and Tahje Hunt, 22 – soon found out they were messing with the wrong woman.
Marlow managed to wriggle her arm out of one of her sleeves, reach down into her purse and grab her handgun.
She fired at least two rounds – striking both would-be robbers, authorities said.
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Hunt and Moore fled but Newark cops tracked them down a short time later. The suspects were arrested and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
A day after the encounter, Marlow said she’s relieved her daughters didn’t have to witness it.
“I’m just thankful that the kids weren’t with me so they wouldn’t have to see it and that they were okay,” the retired detective said.
Marlow added that her face is still swollen and bruised.
“As far as I feel now, I’m recovering,” Marlow said. “I’m overwhelmed with all the support I’m getting and I appreciate it.”
Marlow joined the NYPD in 1993 and was promoted to detective six years later.
She spent most of her career working out of the 19th precinct on the Upper East Side and the 20th precinct on the Upper West Side.
Marlow retired from the force in February to take care of her fiancé Juan Colon, a retired NYPD detective who suffers from a 9/11-related cancer.
Newark police charged Hunt and Moore with robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and conspiracy.
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