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The NYPD says two detectives involved in a drug bust operation shot and killed a suspect in Queens Saturday night.

Residents living in the Ridgewood neighborhood are stunned that a confrontation ended with the fatal police shooting of a man right on their block. 

"There were around five or six (shots) and they were simultaneous, there was no pause at all. They were back to back shots," said resident Jonathan Ortiz. 

Police say it happened around 10:45 p.m. Saturday night as two plainclothes narcotics detectives had just arrested 33-year-old drug suspect Nolan Rivera when a 42-year-old man pulled a realistic looking air gun on them. 

The officers fired off six rounds, hitting the man in the torso and leg. He was taken to Wyckoff Hospital where he later died from his wounds. 

"It's a bit disconcerting but I think it was an isolated incident. It's generally a pretty quiet block," said Brent Landon, another resident. 

Police say the shooting victim had been arrested 39 times, mostly for drugs. They say no officers were injured and that this was the first shooting for both detectives who have been on the job for nine years.

"I moved here to get away from all the violence and stuff like that, but you can never get away from it I guess," said added Ortiz. 

The residents are hoping that their peace and quiet will be restored and that their nights will once again be calm.

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