NYPD vet Leopold McLean has been placed on modified duty and stripped of his gun and badge
A member of Mayor Bloomberg's security detail was bounced from his post after he allegedly shot his gal pal's ex-boyfriend while off duty, police sources said.
Leopold McLean, a 17-year NYPD veteran, was placed on modified duty and stripped of his gun and badge after the incident.
Investigators are looking into circumstances surrounding the shooting and whether McLean lied about what happened, the sources said.
A Queens grand jury is expected to hear the case.
The shooting happened after McLean's girlfriend summoned him to her Queens home because an ex-boyfriend kept calling and threatening to come over - in violation of a court order, sources said.
McLean, a member of the mayor's advance team but not a bodyguard, was at the house when the enraged ex showed up and things got heated, sources said.
"There was a fight inside and it got taken outside," a police source said.
What happened next is in dispute.
McLean, 46, allegedly told NYPD Internal Affairs investigators the other man became irate and came at him with a knife, sources said.
He said he was forced to shoot his rival, hitting him in the leg.
Forensic evidence - including the angle of the wound - did not match McLean's account that the man was lunging at him when he was shot, sources said.
Sources said the leg wound suggested the other man, whose name was not disclosed, was running away, sources said.
McLean declined to comment last night when reached by phone.
He is a former member of the NYPD football team and a former community affairs officer in Queens' 113th Precinct.
The wounded man fled but later contacted the Civilian Complaint Review Board, claiming he was shot by a high-ranking cop.
NYPD Internal Affairs tracked him down at Jamaica Hospital.
A police spokesman confirmed there is an investigation but declined to comment Tuesday night.