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NYPD: Suspect dead in police shooting

An NYPD officer shot and killed a robbery

An NYPD officer shot and killed a robbery suspect as the two exchanged gunfire in Brooklyn, police said. (June 19, 2013) Photo Credit: NYPD

An NYPD officer from Long Island and a Brooklyn robbery suspect exchanged shots early Wednesday in a gunfight that killed the suspect, police said.

Two bullets were found in the victim, an ex-convict -- one from the officer's gun and another from the suspect's .357 Smith & Wesson revolver, police said.

They did not identify the officer but said he is 26, a Long Island resident and has been on the force for five years. It was his first shooting as an officer.

The gunman was identified as Thomas Robinson, 50, of Brooklyn, who has a criminal history and did a stint in prison from 1992 to 2012, police said.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said Robinson had two wounds in his chest, and police said he was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

Police said two officers from the 75th Precinct were on patrol, parked on Hinsdale Street and Blake Avenue at about 1 a.m. when a livery driver backed down the street to tell them of a robbery in progress.

The two officers drove down the block, heard gunshots and saw two men in the street struggling for a gun, Browne said.

One of the men was shouting, "He is trying to kill me," Browne said. Officers urged him to run, but he later told them he was afraid the gunman would shoot him if he did.

The robbery victim did escape when Robinson fired a shot at the officers, who took cover. One officer returned fire, hitting Robinson, police said.

Robinson ran off and was found hiding under a vehicle on Dumont Avenue. He was then transported to Brookdale.

Browne said the victim was on his cellphone when Robinson came up from behind him and said, "You are going to get it now."

The victim turned and said he "grabbed the barrel of the gun. He punched me. I punched him." Then, "I pushed the barrel away from me," according to Browne.

The victim had cuts and bruises. The officer was treated at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for ringing in his ears.

With Maria Alvarez


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