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‘Armed and dangerous’ man sought in SI; 2nd gunman wounded, in custody: police

CHARLESTON, Staten Island – Police shot an armed man and are looking for another in Staten Island after a shootout early Thursday, according to the NYPD.

Police on Jan. 5, 2017, search in Staten Island for a man hours after engaging in a shootout with a second man, who was wounded and detained. (Anthony DiLorenzo/ PIX11)

Police on Jan. 5, 2017, search in Staten Island for a man hours after engaging in a shootout with a second man, who was wounded and detained. (Anthony DiLorenzo/ PIX11)

A "person of interest" is in custody, but police have not confirmed this is the man being sought.

Authorities first responded to reports of gunfire in the vicinity of Androvette Street and Arthur Kill Road around 1:10 a.m. when police — a sergeant and an officer — canvassed the area and spotted two men near Kreisher and Androvette streets, Assistant NYPD Chief Edward Delatorre said at a 5 a.m. news conference.

One of the men fled into a nearby wooded area and another emerged from the side of a building and is believed to have turned his gun onto police, Delatorre said of the investigation's initial findings.

Officers responded by firing several shots, striking him three times in the leg and once in the arm, officials said.

After he was taken in custody and sent to a local hospital, police discovered the suspect was wearing a ballistic vest that caught a bullet near his chest. He is expected to survive his injuries.

A 9 millimeter glock 26 was recovered at the scene, police said.

The alleged accomplice ran away, police said. Authorities followed him into a nearby woods and recovered an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, several shell casings and a large hunting knife off Androvette Street.

The NYPD described the man as about 25 years old, wearing canvas, waist-length brown jacket and possibly wearing body armor. Delatorre said he's  believed to be "armed and dangerous."

Early in the morning, PIX11's cameras caught a man being detained near the scene. He was later determined not to be connected to the incident.

The "person of interest" was detained around 6:30 a.m. He is being questioned, and police have not confirmed he is in fact the man they were looking for.

The officers were not hurt in the shootout but were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

This shooting by police would be the third in less than two days. Police fatally shot a teenager who was firing his gun inside a Crown Heights lounge Wednesday morning. Less than seven hours earlier, on Tuesday, a 63-year-old man who allegedly charged at police with a large knife was shot and killed by responding officers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

PIX11's Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.