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An altercation in the New York City subway; a concealed handgun pulled from its holster; shots fired; straphangers running; widespread media coverage. Those words describe a March 10 incident in which a former correction officer named William Groomes …
News Week · 3/13/2015
The famed Subway Vigilante Bernie Goetz who shot four would-be muggers on a New York subway in 1984, was spotted out on the streets again this weekend. Goetz became a public figure after he shot four teenage boys who were attempting to rob him …
Daily Mail · 2/29/2012
He may be a pot dealer now, but “subway vigilante” Bernhard Goetz insists he was definitely not stoned when he opened fire on four teens three decades ago. He couldn’t have “performed” as well as he did if he’d been buzzed on ganja, Goetz insisted.
New York Post · ByLaura Italiano · 11/3/2013
FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, Bernard Goetz is arraigned in Manhattan criminal court, in New York. The low-level marijuana case against Goetz, the subway vigilant, who was charged with selling $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer he ...
Courier · 9/11/2014
A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it. Goetz was busted in December on charges he sold $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer he'd been ...
Eyewitness News · 9/11/2014
When Bernhard Goetz finally turned himself in to the police, Joan Rivers reportedly sent him a telegram signed “love and kisses,” offering to help pay his bail. Why was Goetz glorified while Wilson has been broadly reviled? There is the obvious point ...
Time · 12/22/2014
Notorious "subway vigilante" Bernhard Goetz, whose name is practicaly synonymous with those Bad Old Days™, was busted allegedly selling a very small amount of pot to undercover cops this week. “He told her he wanted to get high with her and sold …
Gothamist · 11/3/2013
New York — New York City police say the subway vigilante – who shot four youths who threatened to beat and rob him on a train in the 1980s – has been arrested on drug charges. Police say 65-year-old Bernard "Bernie" Goetz was nabbed in a sting ...
The Christian Science Monitor · 11/2/2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it. Goetz was busted in December on charges he sold $30 worth of marijuana to an …
Denver Post · ByColleen Long andJennifer Peltz · 9/10/2014
NEW YORK (AP) – A marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed in New York City. Goetz had been accused of selling $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer in Union Square last year. He rejected a plea deal …
PIX11 · 9/10/2014

Bernhard Goetz

Bernhard Hugo Goetz is a New York City man known for shooting four young men when they tried to mug him on a New York City Subway tr…
Bernhard Hugo Goetz is a New York City man known for shooting four young men when they tried to mug him on a New York City Subway train in Manhattan on December 22, 1984. He fired five shots, seriously wounding all four men. Nine days later he surrendered to police and was eventually charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several firearms offenses. A jury found him not guilty of all charges except for one count of carrying an unlicensed firearm, for which he served eight months of a one-year sentence. In 1996, one of the shot men, who had been left paraplegic and brain damaged as a result of his injuries, obtained a civil judgment of $43 million against Goetz.
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