Hero Officer Shoots Auto Shop Bandits

Off-duty TBTA officer wounded in gun battle with four robbers

An off-duty officer was wounded in a gun battle with four robbers as he thwarted their holdup of  a Brooklyn auto repair shop Saturday night, police.

The heroic Bridge and Tunnel officer, Anthony Pressly, was hit once in his left shoulder after exchanging shots with armed bandits who had burst into ARJ Auto Repair in Bedford Stuyvesant  about 8:30 p.m., police said.

Two of the suspects were wounded and caught: a 19-year-old slumped outside the Albany Avenue repair shop with shots to his leg and shoulder and a 21-year-old who walked into Interfaith Hospital with gunshot wounds to his neck and face. Both are in stable condition.

Police are searching for two others bandits, who escaped in a  Ford Windstar minivan.  Officers  found a Hi-Point 9mm firearm a few doors away from the car shop on Albany Avenue

Pressly is in stable condition at Kings County Hospital.  He had been waiting for his car to be fixed when the robbers arrived.

As the bandits began taking property from people inside the shop, they realized that Pressly was armed, police said. They began hitting him and he responded by taking out his gun, police said.

He's a 10-year veteran of the TBTA force that patrols bridges and tunnels, including the Verrazano-Narrows and Robert F. Kennedy bridges.

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