Man, 20, Charged In Ambush Of NYPD Officer In Brooklyn

WCBS 880 Newsroom
June 06, 2020 - 4:49 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A man accused of stabbing an NYPD officer in the neck this week in an ambush that left two other officers shot has been charged, police said Saturday.

    According to the NYPD, 20-year-old Dzenan Camovic of Brooklyn was charged Thursday with attempted murder of a police officer, robbery, assault of a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

    Police said they’re trying to piece together a motive for Wednesday night’s “unprovoked attack,” which happened amid days of protests over police brutality and the death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis. Dozens of NYPD officers have been assaulted in the sometimes violent unrest.

    Officer Yayonfrant Jean Pierre was stabbed in the neck just before midnight Wednesday while on an anti-looting patrol, spurring a struggle that saw the suspect shot and two other officers sustaining gunshot injuries to their hands. Jean Pierre and the other officers, Randy Ramnarine and Dexter Chiu, were expected to recover, police said.

    Camovic was hospitalized in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, Shea said. The case could end up in the hands of federal prosecutors, with the FBI saying it would use “every federal statute available to hold the perpetrator accountable.”

    At a briefing Saturday, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said the stabbing had “all the hallmarks that would be out of the terrorist playbook.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.