FBI probes NYPD detective in off-duty Queens gunfight

The FBI is investigating an NYPD detective’s account of an off-duty gunfight in Queens — and the detective has been suspended without pay, the Daily News has learned.

NYPD Detective Saul Delacruz, who was suspended Tuesday, said he was was involved in a shooting Nov. 8 in Brookville, near 232nd St. and Lansing Ave. just outside Brookville Park, according to law enforcement sources.

Delacruz told investigators that he was off duty and driving home when he saw someone with what appeared to be a gun around 2:15 a.m.

When Delacruz pulled over and got out of his car, the unidentified man opened fire at him, cops were initially told. Delacruz returned fire. No one was hit during the firefight.

The gunman ran off but left his gun behind, cops said.

The federal probe was launched as investigators questioned Delacruz’s account. The investigators are trying to determine if Delacruz actually knows the man he shot at, a source with knowledge of the case said.

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A high-ranking NYPD source said the FBI is spearheading the investigation and executed a search warrant on Delacruz’s work locker at the 100th Precinct station house in the Rockaways.

FBI agents searched a Laurelton, Queens home on Tuesday from around 5 a.m. until late afternoon, said neighbors. Two nearby residents recognized Delacruz from a picture, and said he lives at the address the agents searched.

“Everybody stayed in because there were too many cops,” said one of the neighbors. “The whole street — no neighbor came out. Everybody just looked out their windows.”

“There is zero tolerance in the NYPD for corruption or criminal activity of any kind by any member of the service,” an NYPD spokesman said. “The investigation is active and ongoing at this time.”

Delacruz, an eight-year NYPD veteran, is a field intelligence officer, said sources.

As of Wednesday no criminal charges had been brought against Delacruz.

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