A man profiled on a CNN's The Hunt with John Walsh was shot and killed in New York Monday, July 28, as U.S. marshals attempted to arrest him on charges of child molestation, the network reports.
Charles Mozdir, 32, had been wanted since 2012. After Mozdir's arrest his, case was featured on the show, leading to a number of tips that didn't pan out for police. The episode was re-aired Sunday night, netting a number of reports that the suspect was living in the West Village area of Manhattan. That's where investigators found Mozdir Monday.
As members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to take Mozdir into custody inside at a shop where he worked, Mozdir opened fire with a .32 caliber handgun, hitting two officers.
The officers were transported to Bellvue Hospital. They are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Mozdir first made news in June 2012 when he was arrested in California for allegedly molesting a 5-year-old boy. Mozdir was babysitting the child for the boy's parents.
An ensuing investigation led police to Mozdir's Cornonado, California home, where they found child pornography and images of beastiality on his computer and phone. He was later arrested in San Diego. However, Mozdir posted bail and fled the state.
Police followed hundreds of leads over the next two years, searching for Mozdir in Mexico, Japan and the United States. He was eventually tracked to New York. When his story was re-aired on CNN Sunday, marshals moved in, expecting he may be armed and ready to shoot it out.
It was reported that Mozdir threatened to shoot the abuse victim's father and reportedly told friends he was willing to gun down police officers.