What is the relationship between Ryan Grant and Nelson Pizarro? Why did he spent $500K for Pizarro’s release? Explained

What is the relationship between Ryan Grant and Nelson Pizarro? Why did he spent $500K for Pizarro's release? Explained

Former NFL running back Ryan Grant has paid $500000 to bail a man Pizarro, accused of shooting an NYPD detective out of jail. Let’s see more details about this incident and why he spent too much money to bail a man.

Shooting an NYPD detective

An ex-con accused of shooting an NYPD detective during a Staten Island drug . Bust was sprung from jail Wednesday after former Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant helped secure bail, sources told The Post.

According to sources, Grant contributed a significant amount of the $500,000 cash needed to obtain a $5 million bail to free Nelson Pizarro.

The move outraged cops.

As per the Police Reports

“A convicted drug dealer with a long criminal past who purposely shot a police officer was just released on bond,” a seasoned NYPD detective officer stated.

The relationship between Grant and Pizarro wasn’t immediately clear.

The 40-year-old former running back is originally from Rockland County. He played at Notre Dame and signed with the Giants, but never played for them after an off-season injury.

He was with the Packers for six seasons from 2007 to 2012. Also, He was on the team that won the 2011 Super Bowl.

He was a co-owner of the former AP Cafe, a Bushwick coffee shop.

Who is Pizarro?

Pizarro, 40, was charged in January with shooting Detective Dominick Libretti in the leg during a cocaine investigation at his New Springville home, As per NYPD detective.

Pizarro had seven prior arrests in New York. Pizarro, who was not the objective of the operation, is accused of opening fire on officers with a 9 mm Beretta handgun while hiding in a bedroom.

As he employed a ballistic barrier to cover himself and his crew from the gunfire, Libretti was acclaimed as a hero.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell stated following the incident, “Even with a major leg wound, bleeding badly enough that fellow officers had to apply instant pressure to halt the blood flow, he held a ballistic shield in front of his squad to protect them from gunfire.”

NYPD Supervising Chief Surgeon Eli Kleinman described the detective’s wound as “a possibly a career-ending injury and certainly a life-threatening injury.

There’s no such thing as a simple gunshot wound.”

Pizarro sent to jail without bail

Pizarro was wounded in the leg by police who fired back. He was accused of several things, including attempted murder.

Pizarro was imprisoned without bond by Judge Lisa Grey. Lance Lazzaro, who was his attorney, filed an appeal. Bail was imposed by the Appellate Division at $2.5 million in cash and $5 million in bond in April.

In order to secure the bond, Lazzaro claimed on Saturday that friends and family members contributed the 10% cash outlay, though he was unsure if Grant was one of them. Pizarro, according to him, was recently placed under house arrest.

What did the Association Say?

“The fact that an individual who shot an NYPD detective is walking the streets of our city is a slap in the face to every dedicated member of law enforcement,” said Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives Endowment Association.

“What’s more disgraceful is that former NFL player Ryan Grant funded the bail of an attempted cop-killer, the drug dealer who pushes his deadly poison in our communities.”

DiGiacomo added, “It begs the question, would Mr. Grant spring this criminal if his family member was the victim or just when it’s a hero detective protecting the public?”

Cop’s career in jeopardy

During a narcotics bust on Staten Island on Thursday, an NYPD detective was shot.

According to authorities, the wounded officer shielded himself and his squad from the suspect by using a ballistic shield while the culprit fired wildly through a bedroom door.

When Nelson Pizarro, 39, allegedly fired “several bullets” inside the building on Rockne Street near Ellwood Avenue in Heartland Village before 6 a.m., the detective, identified by police sources as Dominick Libretti, might have sustained a “career-ending injury.”

Libretti, a 10-year veteran who had “earned multiple decorations and commendations” and had never fired his weapon while performing his duty, was the third NYPD officer shot since the year’s beginning and the second officer shot in as many days, according to authorities.

Police Commissioner hailed as a Hero

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell hailed the detective as a hero at a morning press conference. 

“Even with a serious leg wound, bleeding badly enough that fellow officers had to apply immediate pressure to slow the blood loss, he held a ballistic shield in front of his team to protect them from gunfire,” the top cop said.

Police were executing a search warrant at the address when Pizarro, who was not the target of the warrant, opened fire, authorities said. 


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