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COURIER L 24 IFE, MARCH 12-18, 2021
Cops survive brush
with death in PLG
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Two Brooklyn offi cers are lucky to
be alive after a gunman shot at them
while they responded to a reported
shooting inside a Prospect-Lefferts
Gardens apartment on Sunday night.
One of the offi cers was grazed in
the left leg by a bullet, while the other
cop miraculously escaped injury
when a fi red shot struck part of his
jacket and bodycam — but somehow
completely missed his body.
The gunman who fi red at the
cops was taken into custody following
a brief standoff, law enforcement
sources said Monday morning.
Charges against him are currently
pending the results of the ongoing investigation.
Police sources said the trouble began
at about 9:10 pm on March 7, when
offi cers assigned to the 71st Precinct
responded to a 911 call about a man
shot inside of an apartment building
on Hawthorne Street off Flatbush Avenue
in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
Authorities said the unidentifi ed,
44-year-old gunman had allegedly
shot his 45-year-old roommate in the
leg for reasons that detectives have
yet to determine.
When the offi cers approached their
second-fl oor apartment, cops said, the
gunman began fi ring his weapon at
The suspect then locked himself
inside the apartment with the victim
and an unidentifi ed woman, who was
not injured during the incident.
The standoff with police, however,
turned out to be brief. Within moments,
according to WABC-TV, the
suspect — who appeared to be emotionally
disturbed — was taken into
custody without further incident. He
was brought to a local hospital for a
The offi cers involved in the shooting
were brought to Kings County
Hospital and later released following
evaluation and treatment.
The initial shooting victim was
also brought to Kings County Hospital
for treatment of gunshot wounds
to his legs; he’s listed in stable condition.
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