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4th cop in Easter shooting out of hospital

New York City Police Det. Michael Keenan was

New York City Police Det. Michael Keenan was one of four police officers injured during a shootout with a man barricaded in a Brooklyn home. Photo Credit: Handout

The last NYPD officer hospitalized after a shootout on Easter Sunday in Brooklyn was sent home Tuesday and will undergo therapy for a broken leg bone, officials said.

Det. Michael Keenan, 52, was released from Lutheran Medical Center, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said. He was one of four officers -- including two from Long Island -- shot in a gunfight with ex-convict Nakwon Foxworth, 33, in his apartment.

"It was an awful lot of deep-seated rage," Kelly said Tuesday of Foxworth's actions.

Capt. Al Pizzano, 49, of Smithtown, who was grazed in the face, and Officer Matthew Granahan, 35, of Nesconset, who suffered a calf wound, were treated and released Sunday. Det. Kenneth Ayala, 40, left Lutheran Monday after being treated for wounds to his left thigh and ankle.

Police said the altercation was prompted by a 911 call from movers who said Foxworth threatened them with a gun. Police entered his apartment when his girlfriend, carrying her infant son, ran out.

Kelly said that in the arsenal of guns Foxworth had in the Nostrand Avenue apartment was a sawed-off M-14 assault rifle with high-velocity bullets. Foxworth used a 9 mm handgun to fire at the officers and directed his shots below a shield Ayala was carrying, he said.

Foxworth, who suffered a wound to the abdomen, remained hospitalized Tuesday at Kings County Hospital Center in critical condition, said a spokeswoman for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. He faces attempted murder and other charges, but has not been arraigned.

The Easter shooting brought to seven the number of NYPD officers wounded this year. But despite continuing efforts by City Hall and some of New York's congressional delegation, Kelly said he was pessimistic about any significant changes in federal gun laws. "It is very difficult to move this kind of legislation in Washington," Kelly said.

Instead, the city has been moving on its own with initiatives like the controversial stop and frisk program, which Kelly said has helped surpress the level of violence by taking guns off the streets.

"It is one of our tactics and strategies," Kelly said. "It is not the end-all and be-all, but there certainly are a lot of guns out there."


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