Freedom bid for '88 killers of rookie NYPD cop

Two men shot the officer five times in the head in exchange for $8,000 in blood money


By Philip Messing
The New York Post

NEW YORK — Four imprisoned fiends convicted in the 1988 assassination of rookie NYPD cop Edward Byrne are set to appear before their parole boards for the first time this fall to seek their freedom, The Post has learned.

The craven killers — Philip Copeland, Scott Cobb, Todd Scott and David McClary — shot Byrne, a 103rd Precinct patrol cop, on Feb. 26, 1988, inside his marked patrol car in Jamaica, Queens.

The thugs shot the 22-year-old Byrne five times in the head in exchange for $8,000 in blood money from their drug boss, who had been busted by officers a day earlier and offered the dough to anyone who killed a cop in retaliation.

Byrne's death made national headlines as a stark reminder of the surging tide of urban violence often associated with the distribution of crack cocaine.

"Edward Byrne's merciless assassins should leave prison only in coffins,'' Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch told The Post recently, referring to the cons' bid at freedom.

The Byrne family have been told to show up on the morning of Oct. 5 at the West 40th Street offices of the state Division of Parole to provide "victim impact" statements about the parole bids, sources said.

Lawrence Byrne, a lawyer who is the slain officer's brother, did not return calls for comment.

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