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Cops fire 84 shots, wound murder suspect

New York City Police Department officers investigate crime

New York City Police Department officers investigate crime scene at 155th Street and Harlem River Drive. (April 24, 2012) Photo Credit: David Torres

Two NYPD cops on a Manhattan street fired 84 shots and wounded a man suspected of killing his 13-year-old half-sister as she slept and then wounding his mother in the family's apartment near the old Polo Grounds, officials said.

Steven Murray, 28, was in serious but stable condition Tuesday after officers wounded him when he fired a shot that struck their police vehicle, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

The officers were responding to numerous 911 calls about shots fired at 2971 Frederick Douglass Blvd., when they spotted Murray on the street with a .22-caliber handgun. The officers ordered him to drop the weapon, Browne said. Rather than complying, Murray turned and fired once, at which point the officers started shooting, Browne said.

He explained that the officers kept firing because Murray did not drop his weapon. Neither officer was injured.

Murray's mother, Christine Fryar, 44, told police that she was awakened shortly after 2 a.m. by a popping sound coming from the living room, where her daughter Annie, 13, and her son Steven shared a sofa bed, Browne said. The mother said that her son then fired at her twice, wounding her left hand and head.

This story has been changed to correct the number of shots fired, which was incorrectly reported to Newsday. The two NYPD police officers fired 84 shots Tuesday on a Manhattan street.

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