Police shoot teen dead on Atlantic Avenue

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A police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old in Prospect Heights after cops claim the teen turned a .38 caliber revolver on officers on Atlantic Avenue in the early morning hours of Jan. 4, authorities say.

Three plain clothes officers were driving on patrol near Grand Street when they heard shots ring out at 3:40 am, and found Vinegar Hill resident Joshua Martino firing the pistol inside a nearby bar, according to a report.

After the police piled out of their vehicle and announced themselves, they say Martino made a run for it — but only made it “a few doors down” the Atlantic Avenue when he turned towards the officers with his gun in hand, and the cops opened fire, striking him in the torso, according to a police spokesman.

Martino was taken to nearby Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

The spokesman couldn’t say what Martino was doing at the Atlantic Avenue lounge, or what incited him to shoot up the place

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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p from bed stuy says:
Grand Avenue, not Grand Street
Jan. 5, 2017, 11:51 am
not a gun problem from NYC says:
Our DOE fails to properly identify troubled youths nor has a means to properly guide them with their problems. They just move them through the system, from grade to grade, or push them out, till once out on their own are left to their own devices.

Anyone raising a child can appreciate the loss of every human that started out as a beautiful baby.

Not only do we loose our troubled children, but the innocent victims of these senseless and very avoidable crimes

Again, the system fails us.
Jan. 5, 2017, 12:15 pm
Jim from Carroll Gardens says:
#not a gun problem from NYC - How are you able to assign such characterizations about this young man, e.g., troubled, needing guidance, problematic, left to his own devices, and innocent? Did you know him?
Jan. 5, 2017, 12:51 pm
hb from clinton hill says:
#Jim-how are you able to attribute it to anything but that he was troubled, or ignored or not cared for in some way from early in life?
#not a gun problem-how are you able to place the entire blame on the DOE and 'the system'
Why don't each of you hug a child today, preferably NOT your own.
Jan. 5, 2017, 9:28 pm
Jim from Carroll Gardens says:
#hb from clinton - Go back and read my comment. I didn't attribute anything to the victim. I'll leave the hugging to the those who should be doing the hugging, parents. Hopefully you're hugging your own children instead of other peoples.
Jan. 6, 2017, 9:28 am
Gary from Fort Greene says:
Unknown why it is the job of the DOE to provide anything other than an education opportunity. Not all troubled teens pull a .38 and start blasting away. If anyone is to blame for this teen's violent death other than himself, it's his parents, not the DOE and not the rest of us.
Jan. 7, 2017, 5:02 pm

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