Two New York City police officers were shot on Sunday in Brooklyn by a man who allegedly shot his own roommate.
Police say officers responded to a call on 42 Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday where the armed suspect was barricaded. Three officers and a sergeant arrived at the shooting scene and had to walk single file up a narrow flight of stairs to get to the shooting victim’s apartment, Chief of Department Rodney Harrison said.
A man emerged from the apartment with a blanket over his head, Harrison said. After exchanging some words with the officers, the man pulled a .38-caliber revolver from under the blanket, the chief said.
One police officer was grazed by a bullet and another was shot in the chest. The second officer was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time, authorities said. He was transported to Kings County Hospital where he's expected to recover, according to the police department.
Authorities later discovered that a man had been shot in the leg by the suspect. The victim, who was the suspect's roommate, said the shooting was unprovoked. There was also a woman at the scene but it's unclear how she's related to the roommates.
The gunman was taken into custody after hostage negotiators were called, police said. They did not immediately release the man’s name or the charges against him.
The alleged gunman, who has not been identified, has been taken into custody and police said charges will be filed later Monday.
Police officials showed surveillance video and body-camera video of the encounter at the briefing at police headquarters.
An investigation is ongoing and no other information was immediately available.