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Young Corrections Officer Killed Breaking Up Street Brawl

June 30, 1986

NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) _ A 21-year-old corrections officer trainee was shot to death as he tried to break up a street brawl, one day before he was to report for duty, authorities say.

Gregory Rawls, of North Babylon, died at a hospital early Sunday. He had been shot once through the heart, said Dr. Stuart Dawson of the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office.

Two other men were wounded in the disturbance involving as many as 100 youths at a street corner, police said. Police spokesman Ted Evanila said it was not known what sparked the dispute.

Evanila said Rawls was scheduled to report for duty at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill today.

Rawls was the second officer to be killed in two days in the metropolitan area.

New York City police officer Scott Gadell, 22, was killed in a shootout in in Far Rockaway on Saturday afternoon.

No one has been arrested in connection with either slaying.