It was 8 am in Manhattan. Garry Conrad Jr., 46, went for a beer, then tried to stab a NY cop. And that’s when his day got REALLY bad.
Conrad was a “stagehand member of Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, was fired from his gig with the hit Broadway musical “’Mary Poppins,’” according to NY Daily News. He was a heavy drinker.
Conrad entered the Food Emporium grocery store in the Broadway district around 8 am on Wednesday. Witnesses say he became unruly. “He became aggressive and belligerent, according to James P. O’Neill, chief of department for the New York Police Department,” reports the NY Times.
The street cop that had been flagged down grabbed the backpack that the man was wearing, and both the officer and Conrad fell to the ground. Conrad got back up with an 8-inch knife and lunged at the officer.
Two other NY cops showed up to assist the first and they ordered Conrad to drop his knife. He refused and continued towards the first cop. At that point, a fourth officer who had just arrived, and a police sergeant unloaded on him. At least nine shots were fired.
Food Emporium worker Bill Pillot, 25, described the moment of the attack. “There were shots, and I looked, and he was on the ground bleeding,” “They aired him out.” Conrad was pronounced dead at the scene.
Morale to the story? If you want to drink beer at 8 in the morning, don’t try & stab a cop. Your day will go a lot smoother!