Staten Island, NY – A former New York police detective was fatally stabbed in the neck after an argument with a suspect who was also facing robbery and assault charges in two separate, unrelated cases at the time of the attack.
Investigators said 37-year-old former New York Police Detective Nicholas Nelson was sitting inside his vehicle in the West Brighton area at approximately 8 p.m. on Jan. 11 when 26-year-old Eric Wilson walked up and allegedly attempted to open the door to Nelson’s car, the New York Post reported.
Nelson left the area and took his children to their mother’s home on Elizabeth Street, but Wilson followed him and proceeded to stand outside the home, yelling for Nelson to come out, according to police.
When the former detective headed back outside to confront Wilson, he was fatally stabbed in the neck, the New York Post reported.
Nelson was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to WABC.
Wilson, who was allegedly wearing a ski mask and all black clothing at the time of the attack, fled the scene after the stabbing, the New York Post reported.
Investigators said he lives near the location where the incident occurred.
Police tracked him down and questioned him before arresting him on charges of murder, weapons possession, and assault at approximately 11 a.m. on Jan. 12, the New York Post reported.
Investigators said there were no reports of previous altercations between Wilson and Nelson, but it is unclear whether the two men had met in the past.
Sources said Wilson had two cases pending at the time of the deadly attack, the New York Post reported.
One incident involved a Jan. 2 assault on a 53-year-old male victim on Clove Road, according to the paper.
The other case stemmed from a Oct. 19, 2022 robbery, during which Wilson allegedly knocked a man unconscious and stole two cell phones from him, the New York Post reported.
Wilson, who has at least seven prior arrests on his record, was described by police as being a “troubled individual,” WABC reported.
Nelson joined the New York Police Department in 2008, but he was fired in May of 2021 after a series of domestic violence incidents and an off-duty drunk-driving crash, according to department records.