BY Jonathan Lemire
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Sunday, November 2nd 2008
A member of the Black Liberation Army who killed a Queens cop in 1981
has died in prison, police sources said.
Bashir Hameed, who was born James York, was imprisoned for more than
20 years after he was found guilty in the murder of Police Officer
Scarangella and his partner, Richard Rainey, were attacked after they
pulled over a van in Queens on a routine traffic stop on April 16, 1981.
Two men jumped out of the vehicle with handguns blazing before the
cops could even get out of their car, pumping 30 bullets into the
NYPD car within seconds.
Scarangella was shot twice in the head and died, while Rainey was hit
14 times but survived.
Hameed and his accomplice, Abdul Majid, were convicted in 1986.
Hameed was sentenced to Great Meadow Correctional Facility in
Comstock, where he died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 30 at the age of
67, the sources said.