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Men fire shots at off-duty correction officer in Queens: jail sources

DITMARS, Queens — Two men fired shots at an off-duty Department of Correction officer in Queens early Sunday, a jail source said.

Chafik Ayoub is sought after shots were fired at an officer in Queens on March 4, 2018, officials say. (NYPD)

The incident happened on Steinway Street near 28th Avenue around 2:15 p.m., according to police. Jail sources previously said the shooting was near 20th Avenue and Steinway Street in Ditmars.

Two unidentified men pulled out firearms and fired at the officer, jail sources said. The officer then used his gun, which he had a permit for, and fired two rounds at the men, sources said.

No contact was made between both sides, and no injuries or property damage was reported.

Police say they are searching for Chafik Ayoub, 23, in connection to the incident. He is described as standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 135 pounds, with brown eyes and hair.

It was not immediately known if any arrests were made.

PIX11’s Dan Mannarino contributed to this report.