Wounded NYPD Officer Released from Hospital

Four officers were shot early Sunday in Brooklyn; one remains hospitalized

Monday, Apr 9, 2012  |  Updated 9:29 PM EDT
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One of the four police officers wounded in a Brooklyn shootout Sunday was released from the hospital, hailed as a hero for jumping to protect his fellow officers in the line of fire. Andrew Siff reports.

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One of the four police officers wounded in a Brooklyn shootout Sunday was released from the hospital, hailed as a hero for jumping to protect his fellow officers in the line of fire. Andrew Siff reports.

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One of four NYPD officers injured during a shootout with a suspect in Brooklyn early Sunday has been released from the hospital.

Detective Kenneth Ayala was released Monday. He was shot in the thigh and foot during the incident Sunday. Detective Michael Keenan was shot in the upper thigh and remains hospitalized. Two other officers were also injured but already released.

The suspect, Nakwon Foxworth, is in critical but stable condition.

Police were called to the Sheepshead Bay home of Foxworth, 33, 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.

Foxworth was taken to Kings County Hospital. 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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