Suspect Trying to Escape Cops Shot by Officer in Brooklyn: Police - NBC New York

Suspect Trying to Escape Cops Shot by Officer in Brooklyn: Police



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    Police say an officer reassigned to patrol Brooklyn as part of the city's Summer All Out campaign shot a suspect who slammed into two department cars and hit another cop.

    The NYPD says Officer James Hasper hit Raymond Martinez in the shoulder as he allegedly tried to flee a traffic stop at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Canarsie.

    Police say gang squad members tried to stop Martinez's Chevrolet Tahoe after it went on the wrong side of the road on Flatlands Avenue, passing their unmarked patrol car, and made a right on red.

    The officers followed and tried to make a stop, but the SUV rammed into their unmarked car, hitting an officer trying to get out of the vehicle.

    Afterward, the SUV driver continued to flee, running up on a dead end at East 105th Street, jumping the curb and hitting a fire hydrant, police say. The Tahoe then drove through an empty lot and eventually made it back to Rockaway Parkway, where it rear-ended a car stopped in traffic.

    The vehicle then backed up and slammed into a second patrol car. That's when Hasper, who was on his way into work when he joined the pursuit, opened fire.

    The officer who was hit getting out of the unmarked car and two others in the marked patrol car that had been hit were taken to Kings County Hospital. All three are in stable condition.

    Martinez, 46, was taken to Brookdale Hospital. Charges are pending against the man, police say.

    The suspect has 12 prior arrests, police say. It's not clear if he has an attorney.

    Police say Hasper normally works in the department's barricade unit.

    The department recently reassigned 313 officers to man foot patrols in high crime neighborhoods.

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