A suspected burglar was shot in the groin by police Monday afternoon in Maspeth, Queens, cops said, while at the same time a woman was found nearby in her driveway with a cable wire in her head.
The 38-year-old man was shot when cops responded to a burglary on 66th Street, near Hull Avenue, at about 1:30 p.m.
A woman who lived on the first floor of the two-family home called 911 after she saw the man inside the home on a surveillance camera.
She then met the cops outside of the home and let them in where they saw the suspect. That’s when an officer fired once, hitting him once.
“She saw the burglary through a remote camera feed from where she was,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “This was a close quarters encounter.
“The woman let the officers in, both officers began searching the house,” he added. “They got separated … that perpetrator then came from the bedroom and charged the the one officer.”
The suspect then ran out of the building and got about a block away before cops caught up with him, Boyce said, adding the suspect has at least six prior arrests for burglaries. The suspect was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was in stable condition.
“He is a career burglar from nearby Bushwick,” Boyce said, adding there has been a recent pattern of at least seven home burglaries in the area.
The two officers involved, Boyce said, have 10 and 11 years with the department. The woman who called 911, he said, “was afraid for her dog the entire time.”
As this was going on, police also found a 36-year-old woman down the block lying in her driveway with what appeared to be “a short piece of wire” in her scalp, Boyce said. She was taken to Elmhurst where doctors removed the wire, about 1/4 of an inch long, and she was listed in stable condition.
Detectives were trying to determine on Monday how the woman was injured, but Boyce said there were other pieces of cable in the backyard.