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Man Wanted in Seven Homicides and Five Shootings Nabbed in New York

July 1, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man wanted in connection with seven homicides and five shootings was arrested after being cornered by police while attempting to fire a pistol at the officers, authorities said today.

Temple Karl Bravo, 26, of Irvington, N.J., was arrested late Monday after his .380-caliber automatic jammed as he stood ″in a combat position″ atop a car, said police spokesman Sgt. John Venetucci.

The two police officers who cornered Bravo then forced him to drop the gun, Venetucci said.

Venetucci said fingerprint checks Tuesday revealed Bravo was wanted for seven homicides and five shootings in Baltimore and in Trenton and Newark, N.J. Venetucci said the deaths and the shootings were believed to have been drug related, but he had no other details.

Venetucci said undercover narcotics officers in Brooklyn first spotted Bravo just after he shot a man in an arm Monday night.

Officers Frank Frontera and Pia Filosa picked up the pursuit and cornered him in an alley, Venetucci said.

Bravo pulled the automatic from under his shirt and pointed it at the officers, Venetucci said. He jumped on a car and attempted to fire, but the weapon jammed, the spokesman said.

The officers then told him to drop the gun, and he did.

Bravo was charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, menacing and resisting arrest.

Venetucci said Bravo was identified by the Baltimore police as an expert in jungle fighting techniques.

Spokesmen for the Essex County, N.J., sheriff’s office, and police in Newark and Baltimore said early today they had not been apprised of the case. Baltimore police said they could not comment on the case until later today.

Venetucci said Monday night’s shooting victim, a 23-year-old man, was treated at a hospital and released.

The motive for the shooting was unclear.

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