WHITE PLAINS – A 24-year-old New Rochelle man faces charges for attempting to murder a federal law enforcement officer.
It is alleged that on September 25, 2020, after law enforcement attempted to stop Darren Smith’s car, he fled on foot with a handgun.
After officers, including an FBI Task Force officer, attempted to arrest him, Smith fired his handgun into Getty Square in Yonkers. As the FBI Task Force officer attempted to control Smith’s hand to prevent him from firing again, Smith struggled to turn the gun in the task force officer’s direction and continued to fire.
During the struggle, the officer sustained a fractured finger, sprained knee, and several abrasions to his right hand.
Smith was charged with attempted murder of a federal officer, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, using a deadly weapon to interfere with the performance of federal agent’s official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and discharging a firearm in the course of a crime of violence, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison to run consecutive to any other sentence imposed.