EX-NYPD officer charged in wife’s slaying

Posted at 8:48 AM, Apr 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-21 13:50:56-04
kevin canty nypd uniform queens shooting

Former NYPD officer Kevin Canty, seen here in uniform, was charged Monday, April 21, 2014, in the shooting death of his wife and mother of his two young children.

NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — A former New York City Police officer has been charged in the shooting death of his wife in Queens while their two young children were home.

Kevin Canty has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal use of a firearm in the death of his 40-year-old wife, Jessica, on Saturday, police said.

Canty retired from the police force last year.

Gunfire broke out about 11 a.m. Saturday at the home on 104th Street in the Ozone Park section of Queens, police said.

Jessica Canty was shot in the chest in an apparent domestic dispute while the couple’s two children – ages 4 and 8 – were home, officials said.

“They were just screaming, ‘My dad shot my mom and there’s blood all over the place. Please help us, please help us, please help us,’” neighbor Lisa Santiago told PIX11 News.

Jessica Canty was taken to a hospital where she pronounced dead.

The victim’s young children were not hurt in the shooting, and are staying with family members.

“They were beyond consolable,” Santiago said.