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Man, 55, sought as ‘person of interest’ in the murder of a NYPD civilian worker killed at her home


Man, 55, is sought as a ‘person of interest’ in the murder of a NYPD civilian worker, 51, killed during a domestic dispute at her home in Queens

  • An NYPD civilian employee, 51, was fatally shot during a domestic dispute on  Monday inside an apartment building in Ridgewood, Queens
  • The woman was named as Migdalia Ortega, an 11-year veteran who worked for Information Technology Bureau at One Police Plaza in Manhattan
  • Her neighbor, 48, went upstairs to check the commotion and was also shot twice in her torso; she was taken to hospital and is critical but stable
  • Police on Monday afternoon said they were searching for a ‘person of interest’, Pedro Cintron, 55 – believed to be the victim’s boyfriend

Pedro Cintron, 55, has been named as a ‘person of interest’ in the shooting of 51-year-old Migdalia Ortega, believed to be his girlfriend, and her 48-year-old neighbor. Ortega died, and the neighbor is in a critical but stable condition

Police in New York on Monday named a 55-year-old man as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a veteran civilian employee of the NYPD, who died in what is believed to be a domestic dispute.

Migdalia Ortega, 51, was shot in the head inside a Queens apartment building on Monday, with the gunman also wounding her neighbor, 48, twice in the torso when she rushed in to help. 

NYPD later issued a request for help in tracking down Pedro Cintron, who reports suggested was Ortega’s boyfriend.

They said he was ‘being sought for information in connection to an ongoing homicide investigation within the confines of the 104 Precinct.’ 

The gunman fled the scene in a car after both women were shot around 8:15am inside a third-floor residence on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood.

NYPD released this image of Cintron and are asking for help in tracking him down

NYPD released this image of Cintron and are asking for help in tracking him down

Ortega, a veteran civilian employee of the NYPD was shot and killed inside a Queens apartment building Monday, allegedly by her boyfriend, who police say also wounded her neighbor

Ortega, a veteran civilian employee of the NYPD was shot and killed inside a Queens apartment building Monday, allegedly by her boyfriend, who police say also wounded her neighbor

The shooting happened around 8:15 a.m. inside a third-floor apartment building on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood, Queens

The shooting happened around 8:15 a.m. inside a third-floor apartment building on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood, Queens

‘Preliminary investigation indicates that this began as a domestic incident between the 51-year-old female and a male in the third floor apartment,’ said NYPD Deputy Chief Julie Morrill, Commanding Officer Detective Bureau Queens. 

‘During the dispute, the 48-year-old second floor neighbor went to check on the third floor occupants. 

‘She was then shot and fled back to her apartment. The male suspect followed her and continued shooting.’

Both women were taken to a local hospital where Ortega was pronounced dead. 

The neighbor is in critical but stable condition. 

NYPD Deputy Chief Julie Morrill said they believe the shooting began as a domestic incident between the gunman and victim

NYPD Deputy Chief Julie Morrill said they believe the shooting began as a domestic incident between the gunman and victim

The third-floor apartment is above an electronics store off Palmetto Street

The third-floor apartment is above an electronics store off Palmetto Street

Ortega was a civilian NYPD employee with 11 years of service. 

She recently worked for the information technology bureau based at police headquarters in Manhattan.

Her daughter also worked with her at the NYPD, a colleague of the pair told The New York Post. 

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and other NYPD officials went to the hospital to meet with Ortega’s family. 

Police are still searching for the suspect.  

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