Police Shoot, Wound Man With BB Gun in Brooklyn: NYPD

What to Know

  • Officers say they tried to arrest a man with a gun but the suspect fled and police say an officer fired one shot that hit him in the leg
  • The suspect was taken to an area hospital, where he is listed in critical condition, police say
  • The NYPD said the gun was later determined to be a BB gun

Police shot and wounded a man with a gun, later determined to be a BB gun, in Brooklyn on Thursday night, the NYPD says.

Cops got a report of a man with a gun and arrived at a store at East 34th Street and Church Avenue in East Flatbush shortly after 10 p.m., officials said. Police say they tried to take the suspect into custody but he eventually fled northbound of 34th Street.

Police said officers chased after him and he was spotted with a firearm in his hand. 

"One police officer discharged one round striking the suspect in the leg," NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence A. Monahan said at a Friday morning press conference.

Monahan said the suspect continued to flee but was caught inside a nearby building a short time later. Officials said he was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition. His name hasn't been released, but police said he is 19 years old and has prior arrests that include robbery.  

A firearm that was recovered at the scene and was later determined to be a BB gun, Monahan said. It wasn't clear why the suspect was inside the store with the gun. 

There were multiple police and emergency vehicles at the scene after the shooting. Motorists and pedestrians were advised to avoid the area. 

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