NYPD officer shot in Brooklyn, rushed to hospital; suspect in custody

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) – An NYPD officer was rushed to Kings County Hospital after being shot in the back in Brooklyn Thursday night.

Authorities say the incident occurred on Bergen Street and Ralph Avenue, in the Crown Heights section, just before 9 pm.

At a news conference, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said we received calls about a domestic incident involving a female victim and her boyfriend.

Authorities say the woman’s mother reported that her boyfriend would “come and shoot in the place.”

When the police arrived at the house and started interviewing their daughter, the suspect arrived and shot the police.

Authorities say a 27-year-old policeman was shot once in the back.

Fortunately, the bullet penetrated his vest, but it did not penetrate his skin.

“He is in a little bit of pain but he is in a very good mood and we anticipate that he will go home soon,” said Shea.

According to him, the policeman, from the 77th police station, has 2.5 years of service at NYPD.

As for the suspect, the police say he is a 20-year-old man with a known previous domestic incident.

It is said that after firing the shot, the suspect ran away on foot with police chasing him.

Shea says at least seven shots were fired by two police officers.

The chase lasted a block or two until the police reached the suspect and ordered him to drop the gun.

The suspect dropped the gun and the police made the arrest.

According to authorities, the suspect was not shot during the incident.

“It is Christmas Eve, this is a time when you would expect peace, you would expect harmony,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “A man threatened his girlfriend, threatened her violently, said he was coming to hurt her, that’s what happened tonight in Brooklyn and because the NYPD was there, that woman is alive now.”

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The video of the scene captured what appeared to be bullets in the street.

The NYPD released a photo of the suspect’s weapon, which was recovered at the scene.

They say the officer was initially rushed to Kings County Hospital.

“We have to stop saying that we are lucky … we have to start asking, why is this happening?” New York PBA President Pat Lynch said.

Officials from the Crime Scene Unit and the Force Investigation Division were on the scene on Thursday night.

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