Execution of NYC Corrections Officer Could Be Contract Assassination

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According to the New York Daily Times, police officers are searching for a contract killer in connection with the murder of NYC Corrections Officer Alastasia Bryan.

On Sunday night around 9:15 p.m., 25-year-old Alastasia Bryan, an off-duty NYC Corrections Officer, sat in her gray 2016 Infinity on E. 73rd St. and Avenue L near the Paerdegat Basin in Bergen Beach. As she sat there making a telephone call, a shooter pulled up beside her and opened fire.

Sources in the police department said the deadly barrage punched a C-shaped pattern of five bullet holes through Bryan’s driver’s side window. Officer Bryan was shot in the shot in the chest, stomach, right forearm, and right hand. She died on the scene, a mere four miles away from her East New York home.

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A security video appears to show the gunman back his vehicle into a parking spot and stay there for an hour before ambushing Bryan. After firing five rounds into Bryan’s car window, the shooter fled the scene in his car.

Investigators suspect an inmate at Rikers Island put a hit out on her, however, sources said Bryan, who was still in training, did not have enough contact with inmates to have made any enemies yet. She was not allowed to carry a handgun yet and mainly performed administrative work at the Anna M. Kross center at the jail complex.

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Another theory claims her ex-boyfriend could be responsible for Bryan’s death. The boyfriend is a frequent flyer in the criminal justice system, having been arrested more than 31 times. Two of the arrest involved domestic abuse and Bryan.

An article in the New York Daily Times reports on May 24, 2015, her ex-boyfriend called her at Kingsborough Community College where she was working security and threatened to run her off the road when she clocked out. As she was leaving the campus, the ex-boyfriend attempted to attack her. Two days later, he called her again, saying he would shoot up her house and have people watch her home – and that he would kill her if she told anyone, sources said.

Bryan’s mother told police her daughter and the ex-boyfriend had recently broken up. The man lost his temper when Bryan requested he return a BMW she leased for him in her name. “We have a long way to go on this investigation,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “We have some very strong leads.”

If you have any information regarding this case, please call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.