Accused Cop Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

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

Monday, Feb 27, 2012  |  Updated 3:10 PM EDT
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A man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head has pleaded not guilty to an attempted murder charge.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said 21-year-old Luis Ortiz was arraigned on Monday. If convicted, Ortiz faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Ortiz is accused of shooting Officer Kevin Brennan at point-blank range in the head last month. The officer left the hospital on Feb. 10.

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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