Brooklyn Police-Involved Shooting

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Questions Persist After Off-Duty Officer Shoots, Wounds Man In Brooklyn

August 02, 2018 - 8:05 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Investigators were looking for answers Thursday afternoona after an off-duty NYPD sergeant shot a man in Brooklyn, the NYPD said.

It happened around 5 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Livonia and New Jersey avenues in East New York near a daycare and a public school.

The sergeant was on his way to work and was about a block away from the Pennsylvania Avenue subway station when he was confronted by the 21-year-old suspect.

Police said the sergeant pulled out his gun and fired two shots, striking the suspect once in the chin.

As WCBS 880's Mike Smeltz reported, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan was asked whether the 21-year-old was trying to rob the sergeant, as was initially reported.

"We're looking at that now,” Monahan said. “We think there may have been some sort of dispute prior to this incident."

Monahan added that it is not clear whether the two men knew each other, or for how long the prior dispute may have been going on.

The suspect was rushed to the hospital, where he is in stable condition. It is unclear if he was armed.

The 40-year-old sergeant was not hurt, but was taken to a hospital for observation.

The sergeant has also been placed on modified duty, Monahan said. He said there are certain questions that are unanswered at this point, and the sergeant will stay on modified duty until investigators answer them.

Charges against the suspect are pending.