A gun-toting driver who fled a Wednesday night traffic stop in Queens with an NYPD sergeant in the car, trying to stop him, was shot and wounded by the sergeant during a struggle, the NYPD said.
The driver, Ramell Lockwood, 34, of Washington Street, Hempstead, was shot once in the leg and was taken to Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, where he was in stable condition, the NYPD said.
Police said Lockwood was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.
Five NYPD officers were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park for evaluation, with one of them treated for a bite wound on his left arm.
Police said the incident began at 10:54 p.m. when two NYPD officers assigned to the 105th Precinct anti-crime unit observed a silver Mercedes-Benz “commit a traffic infraction” near the intersection of Hollis Avenue and 212th Street in Queens Village.
When the officers finally stopped the car near 214th Street, police said, Lockwood refused a request to place the vehicle in park. When a sergeant, standing on the passenger side of the car, leaned in to “engage” Lockwood and place the car in park, police said, the driver instead sped off — the sergeant still inside the car.
The vehicle headed east on Hollis Avenue, but was forced to a stop at 217th Street. The sergeant struggled with the driver, who police said exited the vehicle brandishing a pistol. The sergeant then fired one round, striking the suspect in the right leg, police said.
Police said that during the incident an officer was bitten.
Police recovered a loaded .40 caliber Glock 26 semi-automatic handgun from Lockwood, police said.
Lockwood has an arrest record, Deputy Chief James O’Neill said at a news conference Thursday. Police said the arrests include a previous gun charge, false impersonation and possession of a controlled substance.
With Maria Alvarez and Alison Fox