NEW YORK CITY -- Officials are crediting a homeless good Samaritan with possibly saving police officer's lives after he warned of a man with a gun talking about "offing" cops at New York City's Port Authority bus terminal.
The incident happened around 8:30 Wednesday night, reports CBS New York. Police say an 18-year-old Florida man, Hunter Taylor, was at the station when he showed the homeless man a loaded gun and asked him if he wanted to "off some cops." Investigators say Taylor specifically threatened Port Authority police and said he hated police officers.
The good Samaritan reportedly told officers about the alleged threat. Authorities said they obtained a warrant and searched Taylor's bag, finding an illegal, loaded revolver and a small bag of marijuana, the station reports.
The Port Authority police union expressed gratitude to good Samaritan and said he could have saved the lives of as many as five officers.
"The presence of mind of the gentleman to come over to the police after the man showed him the gun and talked about offing police officers, he didn't have to do that. He could have walked away," Paul Nunziato, superintendent of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, told CBS New York. "But obviously he had a moral compass that led him in the right direction."
Taylor faces several charges including illegal possession of a firearm, making a terroristic threat and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was expected to be arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court.