What to Know
- Officer Dalsh Veve was dragged by a car Saturday night and remains in critical condition
- Police arrested two women and charged them with hindering prosecution in connection with officer Veve being dragged by a car, officials say
- Veve and other officers were responding to a call of shots fired in Brooklyn, which turned out to be fireworks going off
A 15-year-old boy intubated at a hospital with a gunshot wound to the face is expected to face attempted murder and other charges in the case of a veteran NYPD cop who was dragged by a car for two blocks in Brooklyn over the weekend, authorities said Monday.
Officer Dalsh Veve, 35, remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said at an unrelated news briefing that the nine-year NYPD veteran and father of a 2-year-old girl was still fighting for his life.
Veve was one of six plainclothes officers who responded to a party in East Flatbush Saturday night after multiple 911 calls for shots fired. Investigators determined it was fireworks, not gunshots. At some point, Veve stopped to talk to four people in a Honda parked in front of a fire hydrant across the street. Investigators say the car, allegedly driven by the 15-year-old suspect, took off at a high rate of speed, dragging Veve for more than two blocks.
Veve managed to fire off two shots, striking one of the people inside. He fell free on East 53rd Street and the car -- which had previously been stolen from Valley Stream on Long Island -- crashed and was abandoned, officials said.
The 15-year-old suspected driver, who has a long rap sheet for crimes including robbery and larceny, later showed up at a hospital with a serious wound to his face, authorities said. NYPD officials said Monday investigators had not yet been able to speak with him because of his injuries. The boy is expected to be charged with the attempted murder of Veve, as well as assault, later in the day. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said it would be up to the district attorney to determine whether to charge the boy as a minor or adult.
Officer Veve represents the American dream – an immigrant child who came here and has become an exemplary NYPD officer.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 4, 2017
Police said three other people were in the car with him when he allegedly sped off -- two Brooklyn women, Eboni Clinton, 19, and Jeronda Oliver, 18, and a 17-year-old boy. The two women have both been charged with hindering prosecution and are awaiting arraignment, authorities said. The 17-year-old is still being questioned by authorities and is cooperating, Boyce said.
Veve underwent surgery for his injuries Sunday, a day after Mayor de Blasio stood at the officer's bedside, along with the cop's wife.
"Her strength was clear and her pain was clear as well," de Blasio said.
De Blasio tweeted that Veve "represents the American dream – an immigrant child who came here and has become an exemplary NYPD officer."