Posted on June 4, 2024

Migrant Accused of Shooting Two NYPD Cops Had Immigration Case Dismissed Within a Year of Illegally Crossing Into US

Jennie Taer, New York Post, June 3, 2024

The Venezuelan migrant accused of shooting two NYPD cops during the early hours of Monday morning crossed into the US illegally last year, but the case against him has already been dismissed, The Post can exclusively reveal.

Bernardo Castro Mata, 19 — who shot one officer in the chest and another in the leg after they attempted to stop his moped in Queens — had a hearing in Chicago on May 6 where an immigration judge closed his case, according to ICE sources.


Mata illegally crossed the border into Eagle Pass, Texas, where he was caught and arrested but later released in July 2023.

The Venezuelan national failed to provide an address to authorities, which assigned him an immigration court in Chicago for proceedings, according to an ICE source.