An off-duty state corrections officer was busted for firing his gun at a raccoon at his Queens home — then lying to police by contending he shot at a burglar, police sources said.
Anthony Greaves sparked a huge — and ultimately unnecessary — police response when cops showed up at his home on 109th Ave. in Jamaica at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He told police he fired up to eight shots from his .45-caliber handgun at a burglar trying to bust into his home, sources said.
He said he wasn’t sure if he struck the suspect — whom he described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic man wearing a black T-shirt and gray shorts, sources said. Greaves, 33, is black.
Police did find blood at the scene, as well as six .45-caliber shell casings, sources said. Eight bullet holes were found in a fence behind the home.
Not sure at that point if Greaves had been targeted by a ex-con or someone connected to an inmate, numerous units were called in.
Emergency Services, Canine and Aviation all went looking for the suspect, and a number of hospitals were contacted in the hopes the burglar had sought medical treatment.
Greaves was questioned at the scene, then later taken to the 103rd Precinct, where after more questioning he admitted he lied about what happened, sources said.
He did fire his weapon and the target was, in fact, er, masked. But it was a raccoon.
He also told police the raccoon was struck and that it ran from the scene.
At some point, police forced their way into the Friendship Baptist Church, next door to Greaves’ home.
When Elder Lonnie McKinstry called police Wednesday for an explanation he was told police were looking for raccoons.
“They said, ‘You have raccoons in your basement,’ McKinstry said. “That’s why the cops went in, looking for the raccoons. It made no sense.
“They said they came in through a window, but the windows in the basement don’t open.”
McKinstry was baffled by Greaves’ tall tale.
“He’s a cop,” McKinstry said. “I don’t know. I just wanna make sure there’s no raccoons in there.”
Another neighbor, Abraham Black, 39, had little sympathy for the animal.
“The raccoons are really terrible,” he said. “If I had a gun I probably would have shot at the raccoon, too.”
Ash McKeiver, 39, wouldn’t have. He worked at Animal Care and Control, now Animal Care Centers of NYC “for a long time,” and said Greaves should have called the agency for help.
“I’ve come and taken them off people’s property plenty of times,” he added.
Greaves was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment and was awaiting arraignment late Wednesday.
The state Department of Corrections says he’s been a correction officer for three years and that he will be suspended without pay
He is assigned to the Fishkill Correctional Facility.