“He knew his wife was in there and he refused,” a source close to the investigation told the New York Daily News. The attacker then fired at Friedland, striking him fatally in the head.
“Then one of them comes to [Jamie Frieldland's] door and says, ‘Get out of the car,’” the source said. “She got a look at him.”
Friends say they're certain Friedland died trying to protect his wife -- not his $70,000 car.
“Dustin was rational, intelligent and had great judgment,” said Adam Leitman Bailey, Jamie Friedland's boss at a Manhattan law firm. “I highly doubt that he fought the attackers to save his car. I do believe he would fight for his wife’s life.”
Bailey said his law firm was offering $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men who attacked Friedland.
Investigators said the attackers may be part of a carjacking ring who were casing the parking garage and spotted the Friedlands' Range Rover.
Friedland died several hours at a hospital after the attack. The car was recovered near an abandoned house early Sunday morning.