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Scene of shootout in Brooklyn early Sunday. Inset photos: Capt. Pizzano (top left), Officer Ayala (bottom left), Detective Keenan (top right), and Officer Granahan (bottom right)
Authorities say four NYPD officers were shot during a shootout with a man barricaded in a Brooklyn home, but all are expected to recover.
Police were called to the Sheepshead Bay home of 33-year-old Nakwon Foxworth Saturday night after he allegedly menaced some employees of a moving company. When they arrived, Foxworth ran into his apartment, taking his girlfriend and an infant hostage, police said.
The woman managed to escape. Six officers from the Emergency Service Unit team went inside Foxworth's building and the suspect opened fire on them, shooting 12 times, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Detective Michael Keenan, 52, was shot in the front calf; Officer Kenneth Ayala, 40, was shot in the thigh and left ankle; and Officer Matthew Granahan, 35, was grazed in the calf, said Kelly. Capt. Al Pizzano, 49, was wounded in the face.
Ayala and Granahan were able to return fire, and they hit Foxworth in the abdomen.
Foxworth was taken to Kings County Hospital. His condition was upgraded to serious Monday morning. He was charged Sunday with attempted murder, assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.
Though the four police officers wounded over the weekend are expected to be OK, the spate of police shootings has rocked the department. Eight police officers have been shot in the last four months.
"All the shootings have a disgraceful fact in common: all were committed with illegal guns that came from out of state," said Mayor Bloomberg. "And that is the case with nearly every shooting in our city."
Foxworth had a small arsenal of illegal guns in his home, Bloomberg said. He previously served 10 years in prison for robbery and was released in 2010. He also served two years for attempted murder.
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