CBS & The World In Pictures Part IV – July 2, 1984

CBS ‘ Face the Nation—the oldest Sunday news magazine show on television—continues to showcase the latest (and arguably most inaccurate) version of the recent subway shooting that left one man dead and another in custody.

CBS’s Face the Nation with John Dickerson continues to feature one of the most heavily promoted accounts of the events, with guest host Rachael Ray, on the shooting of NYPD detective Brian A. McGuire. This version of events boasts that the suspect’s claims may not be true, that police are still searching for a gun, and that the shooter also bore a resemblance to the suspect in the killing of NYPD detective Moses Rivera. The reports also contend that the wounded suspect’s father was arrested in Maryland for gun possession, and that the suspect’s uncle also is in custody for obstruction of justice.

Here’s another version of events for you to read:

The murder of NYPD Detective Brian A. McGuire has sparked a criminal investigation that the suspect and family members deny in statements on the radio and TV, authorities say.

Also reportedly refused to cooperate was his father, who was taken into custody in Montgomery County, Maryland, and is being questioned by state police.


UPDATE: Barbara Walters Reportedly “Spearheaded” The Investigation Of Brian McGuire (snipe at Fox News here).

UPDATE: Barbara Walters Working With Law Enforcement To Get To The Bottom Of It…

With the aid of law enforcement officials, Barbara Walters today led an on-air investigation into the police shooting of a 37-year-old NYPD police officer.

It was the first significant news report since the July 29 shooting of Brian McGuire, which is now under review by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

“I have three objectives that I would like to accomplish today,” Walters said on this morning’s “20/20” ABC news magazine. She later told Piers Morgan that she is working with lawyers at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan and “court-appointed experts” at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. She wouldn’t divulge details of her investigation, however.

She ended the investigation by interviewing the mother of two children who lived with their father, who is the presumed gunman, and confirmed this morning that she will make available to viewers a video of the shooting.

A NYPD statement released July 30 alleged that McGuire’s sergeant discovered the gunman, identified as Ronny Loomis, in an apparent drug trafficking area on Bronx River Parkway at about 9:30 p.m. After receiving fire from Loomis, McGuire returned fire and shot the gunman multiple times. McGuire was struck in the torso and died at the scene.

The police investigation was broadcast in large form on Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” on CBS.” “We were given a collection of evidence and we’re in the process of examining it,” chief prosecutor Joe Mazzulli told “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer. “And it will inform our decision about what may be a criminal or manslaughter case.”

As for McGuire’s union, “The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, has been in touch with New York’s current mayor and city’s Police Commissioner in an effort to secure investigation funding for a full independent police investigation,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said.

McGuire was the most recent of 19 police officers to die in the line of duty this year. “Brian McGuire’s death is another grave reminder of the dangers of this profession,” Lynch said.

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