Suspect in robbery of Brooklyn bishop killed by law enforcement in NJ: source

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (PIX11) – A man who was wanted in connection with the gunpoint robbery of a Brooklyn bishop mid-sermon in 2022 was killed by law enforcement in New Jersey Wednesday, a source told PIX11 News.

Shamar Leggette, 41, was killed during a standoff in South Brunswick, according to a law enforcement source. Additional information about the standoff wasn’t immediately available.

Leggette was one of three suspects accused in the robbery of Bishop Lamor Whitehead at Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in Canarsie on July 24, 2022. Two of the robbery suspects have already been caught, but Leggette remained at large.

The robbery was captured on the church’s livestream of the service online. The armed robbers barged into the church with parishioners in attendance, police said. The victims told police the robbers stole more than $1 million in jewelry, including rings, watches and chains.

Juwan Anderson and Say-Quan Pollack, the other two men charged in the robbery, pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, according to the Eastern District of New York.

Meanwhile, Whitehead faces his own trial next month. The bishop was arrested in December 2022 for allegedly defrauding a parishioner out of retirement savings, according to officials.

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