On October 26, Maharaj, who was off duty at the time, was in Craft Beer, Lotto, Cigar Store at 137-20 Crossbay Boulevard when he confronted an armed homeless man that had just fired three gunshots, killing 26-year-old employee Mohmediyan Tarwala.
Maharaj’s quick actions likely prevented others from being killed.
“This is something we do every day,” Captain Fidocaro of the 102 Precinct said during the ceremony at the Deshi Senior Center. “I think that the actions of Officer Maharaj really symbolize the best the NYPD has to offer.”
While honoring Maharaj, the ceremony also paid tribute to Tarwala. He was in the U.S. on a student visa and was working to send money back to his family in India.
“I truly feel honored for the awards and accolades but I wanted to take this time to remember Mr. Tarwala who innocently lost his life that day,” Maharaj said . “My deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.”