A gun deal turned robbery with a replica firearm that ended in gunplay in a residential neighborhood claimed the life of an innocent last weekend. (Photo: Uli Seit/The New York Times)

A 61-year-old school bus driver was fatally shot Friday night by stray bullets from an undercover New York Police Department officer during a gun buy that went bad.

Killed was Felix Kumi, when the officer, part of the NYPD’s Firearms Investigations Unit, fired between 11 and 21 shots at a fleeing suspect, who was also injured. Kumi, shot twice in the torso, was taken to Jacobi Hospital where he later died.

“I wish to express my profound sorrow and sympathy to the family of Felix Kumi, an uninvolved bystander who was struck and killed by police gunfire during an undercover gun-buy operation last night,” said Police Commissioner William J. Bratton in a statement. “Mr. Kumi was blameless, and this tragedy has tested and tried his family. I pray that they may find comfort in their hope of resurrection and awakening, and I tender the Department’s support and service in their grief.”

As reported by the New York Daily News, the officer had previously bought 25 guns on 10 occasions from an illegal gun dealer, Jeffrey Aristy, 28, and had brought $2,400 with him to purchase two more handguns.

After meeting Aristy in the Bronx for the deal, the subject directed the officer to a street in Mount Vernon, bordering New York City. There, 37-year-old Alvin Smothers entered…

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