WHITE PLAINS – Two Georgia men have been charged with firearms trafficking related to the shooting of a Yonkers police officer on Wednesday, April 20. The shooting happened after members of the FBI Westchester Safe Streets Task Force, including members of the Yonkers Police Department, attempted to interact with the two men and their co-conspirator.
Bryce Martin, 23, of Hampton, Georgia, and Xavier Simms, 22, of Covington, Georgia are accused of trafficking firearms from Georgia to New York, according to Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The third co-conspirator, a 28-year-old man, was fatally wounded by a federal agent after he shot the Yonkers cop assigned to the task force. Martin and Simms were arraigned on Thursday, April 21, in the White Plains federal court.
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael Driscoll said “Mr. Martin and Mr. Simms conspired to illegally traffic firearms, and, when law enforcement attempted to intervene, one of their co-conspirators shot and critically wounded one of our task force officers.” The federal agent also said, “Subsequent investigation resulted in the recovery of several firearms, including a ‘ghost gun,’ an untraceable type of weapon that continues to pose a significant threat in our communities.”
Law enforcement recovered at least four firearms from the men, including a “Ghost Gun”—a type of firearm that is designed to evade law enforcement detection. Later investigation revealed that Simms and Martin traveled with their now-deceased co-conspirator, from Georgia with several firearms to sell. Evidence recovered from their cellphones showed that Simms and Marin both had access to specialized firearms, including machine gun-style weapons.