An NYPD detective from Long Island was clinging to a suspect’s vehicle when he was accidentally shot by his partner Tuesday night as the officers were trying to arrest three people who had just finished a heroin deal in Brooklyn, police said.
The detective, 36, was in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens after being hit in the left shoulder near the corner of Troutman Street and Wilson Avenue in Bushwick just before 6:15 p.m., police said.
One suspect, the driver, was shot in the leg and wrist, and he, along with a passenger, were quickly arrested, police said. But a third male, who was outside the car, escaped, police said.
The shooting occurred while the detective and his sergeant, 11-year veterans in plainclothes assigned to a narcotics unit, were working a routine buy-bust operation, First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker told reporters at the hospital.
The pair approached the vehicle, one on each side, and that’s when the driver backed up, ramming a police car, then tried to take off with the detective hanging on, police said.
The officers then fired a total of four shots, police said.
“The suspect’s vehicle fled with the detective still leaning out of the side passenger door,” Tucker said. “The vehicle fled a short distance until it struck another vehicle and stopped.
“The detective was hit in the shoulder apparently by the shot that came from his colleague.”
The detective was alert and talking, police said. “He is in good spirits,” Tucker said.
Police did not release names.
The driver was in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, police said.
The suspects, ages 45 and 51, have long criminal histories, police said. The younger man, who was driving, had 58 prior arrests, police said, while the older one had 17 arrests.
The shooting marks the sixth time since January a New York City police officer has been shot in the line of duty.
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to the detective late Tuesday night after attending the Boston funeral of NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton’s father and issued a statement.
“Tonight’s shooting is an important reminder of the critical and dangerous work our police department does each day,” he said. “Today, a detective put his life on the line as he bravely performed his duty to protect our city and its residents from harm.”
— With Alison Fox, amNewYork