Accused Cop Shooter Indicted on Attempted Murder Charge

If convicted, Luis Ortiz faces up to 25 years to life in prison

Monday, Feb 6, 2012  |  Updated 6:20 PM EDT
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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.

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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.

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A man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head has been indicted on an attempted murder charge.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office announced the indictment of 21-year-old Luis Ortiz on Monday. If convicted, Ortiz faces up to 25 years to life in prison. His lawyer did not return a message seeking comment.

Ortiz is accused of shooting Officer Kevin Brennan at point-blank range in the head last Tuesday. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.

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

Prosecutors called the shooting an evil act by an evil person. Defense attorney Eric Poulos said there is no proof his client was the gunman.

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