The night his dad was shot in 1980, it was a typical evening for NYPD soldier Harry Raman’s five teenage children.
Dinner at six sharp. Whole family.
“And you better not be late,” said his daughter Margaret. “It was my mother’s rule.”
Raman, an anti-crime activist in Koini Island and an extra-money moonlighter in security, dined at the same table with all seven Rimes, then rang the conch and with his wife Dorothy in their brick-and-family front bedroom Were sleeping In Flatland when he heard a noise at 3:40 am
The officer looked at East 49th Street and saw a young man breaking into his neighbor’s muscle car, the rust-colored Mercury Montego.
“He grabbed his gun and his badge and ran away,” Margaret said.
Raman, still in his pajamas, encounters the suspect, Paul Ford, who came to Brooklyn from Jamaica.
Ford fired a gun at Riemann and missed. Police fired back with their off-duty .38 revolver, targeting the car’s front center console.
“So he went to the back of the car and shot at Ford through the rear windshield,” said his son, Eddie.
Raman did not miss this time. He hit the car thief in the head.
Two of Ford’s friends, who were armed, were in a separate stolen car nearby and came running as they heard gunshots.
“They just opened,” Eddie said.
His father shot three bullets in the chest and went down.
“It was a nightmare,” said Margaret, who is relieving after she and her siblings Vasant Ford ruled the parole board, who spent 42 years in prison for murder the following month.
A collapsed Raman entered a patrol car and left for Kings County Hospital. Dorothy and Margaret’s sister Nora rode with him.
There, moments later, Nora saw Ford’s gunmen Pals, Barrington Young, and Cornelius Buckner, who took Ford to the ER.
“They dropped him on the floor,” Eddie said.
“My sister said, ‘She is!’ And the police chased them and caught them outside the hospital. “
The surgeon who tried to save Raman remained below the policeman’s block.
“He said that one of the bullets pierced his aorta,” Eddie said. “That’s what he got.”
Doctors succeeded in rescuing Ford, though he was left with impaired vision.
Margaret cannot understand why Ford is about to leave.
“We always believe that as victims of a crime, especially the children of a murdered police officer, we will make a voice. We will be heard.”
That village. Blames Cuomo.
“Under this new program of parole reform, there is so much emphasis on prisoners. They have more rights than us. Cuomo has actually made it a point to silence us. He has elected every one of the parole commissioners. He wants everyone to move out. If the Governor truly believes that they deserve a second chance, then let’s build a magnificent building for them behind the Governor’s mansion.
Ford, 58, who previously targeted a policeman and nearly killed an elderly man after robbing him, has not been a model inmate in Sullivan County.
According to parole hearing minutes obtained by The Post, he assaulted a prison staffer and opened fire several times.
Margaret said that Ford was the kind of troubled young man Raman loved to help.
At her father’s funeral, she met two strangers.
The men were arrested by his father years ago, he told him, and came to honor him.
“He said, ‘That was good for us.’ He went and bought Nathan’s hot dog. He said, “Make a better choice.” And they did. “