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NYC Cop Shooter Convicted of Attempted Murder

Luis Ortiz faces life in prison without parole

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    Luis Ortiz during arraignment in February 2012.

    A man charged with fatally shooting a Brooklyn man and wounding a New York City police officer last year was convicted Wednesday of murder and attempted murder.

    Authorities accused Luis Ortiz of shooting Shannon McKinney six times on Jan. 1, 2012, and shooting Officer Kevin Brennan in the head on Jan. 31, 2012, in an attempt to evade capture.

    Video Shows NYPD Officer Chase, Shooting

    [NY] Surveillance Video Shows NYPD Officer Chase, Shooting
    Kevin Brennan, an NYPD sergeant shot in the head while chasing a suspect in a Brooklyn housing project last year, testified in the alleged gunman's trial Wednesday, describing how he heard the suspect tell him to "die" moments before losing consciousness. This surveillance video was shown at the trial. (Published Thursday, June 20, 2013)

    Brennan suffered mild brain damage from the bullet, which mostly caused a loss of some peripheral vision.

    Ortiz faces life in prison without parole. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 23.

    Cop Shooting Suspect Walks Out, Chaos Erupts

    [NY] Cop Shooting Suspect Walks Out, Chaos Erupts
    Tempers flare outside of police precinct as accused cop shooter Luis Ortiz walks out to be greeted by his family and friends. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012)

    Police officials said Brennan and two other plainclothes officers were responding to a report of shots fired at a public housing development when they encountered three people running from a building.

    Ortiz was among those who fled and Brennan pursued him around the back of the building at the Bushwick Houses development, where the two squeezed through an open emergency exit before it shut behind them. The two other officers who responded with Brennan were trapped outside.

    Shot NYPD Officer Arrives at Bellevue

    [NY] Shot NYPD Officer Arrives at Bellevue
    A police officer shot in Brooklyn Tuesday night was transported to Bellevue Hospital immediately. This is raw video of the emergency vehicles arriving at the hospital. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012)

    Surveillance video showed Brennan in a headlock, then being shot in an alcove and lying unmoving while the suspect flees.

    After the gunman fled, the two officers pried open the emergency door, saw Brennan and called for an ambulance. There was no time to send the officer to the operating room so doctors pulled the bullet from his head in the emergency room.

    Family Copes After NYPD Officer Shot

    [NY] Family Copes After NYPD Officer Shot
    As Officer Kevin Brennan recovers from being shot in Brooklyn Tuesday night, his young family is coping with the shock, and his friends and neighbors are calling him a hero. Greg Cergol reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012)


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