Police Stop of a Vehicle Following Radio Transmission of Shots Fired in New York

People v. Crump, 217 A.D.2d 902, 629 N.Y.S.2d 602 (4th Dept 1995) involved a stop of a motor vehicle following a radio transmission of shots fired. The radio transmission also stated that a dark colored vehicle, possibly a Cadillac, was seen speeding from a specified area. Some eight minutes later, the police observed defendants brown Cadillac parked about one or two minutes from that area, and when the police car drove by the Cadillac the occupants looked away from the police car. After the Cadillac left the parking space, the police stopped the vehicle. The Court concluded that these circumstances did not provide the police with reasonable suspicion that the defendant had committed or was about to commit a crime.