(AuGmENTor: I am posting this to see if anyone else sees the spin the media put on this story.)

Today: October 22, 2007 at 14:50:7 PDT

NYPD Officer Held in Traffic Shooting
NEW YORK (AP) - An undercover police officer was being held Monday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed driver who may have pretended to have a gun during a traffic altercation a day earlier, when the officer was off-duty.

Jayson Tirado, 26, apparently refused to let the narcotics officer's sport utility vehicle merge into traffic, and "words were exchanged," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

A passenger in Tirado's car told police that Tirado "made reference to the fact that he had a gun - 'Mr. Ruger' or something like that" - then pointed toward the officer with his right index finger, Kelly said, declining to identify the 34-year-old officer by name.

At least one shot struck Tirado in the torso, and he died at a hospital, Kelly said.

The officer left the scene but approached a marked police car early Monday, identified himself, said he was having chest pains and "then makes a statement he may have shot somebody," Kelly said. The officer surrendered his gun and was briefly hospitalized. He was being held late Monday in Tirado's death, but no charges had been filed.