Police officer shot in the leg in Brooklyn, gunman arrested

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) — An officer was shot in the leg while on patrol in Bedford-Stuyvesant early Sunday, police said.

The officer, John Hirschberger, was on plainclothes patrol with a sergeant and another officer at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when they  saw a man adjusting his waistband near Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Monroe Street. The sergeant and officers got out of their unmarked police car and began to approach the man, who immediately fled, encountering two uniformed officers on foot patrol in the area.

The man then took out his .38 caliber Rossy and started shooting, striking Hirschberger in the left thigh. Hirschberger, who was appointed less than a year ago and is assigned to the 79th Precinct, was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was treated and released for the graze wound.

The officers returned fire, and 22-year-old Naim Owens, who continued to run but was eventually apprehended in front of 745 Gates Ave., was shot once to his upper back. He was taken to Kings County Hospital where he is listed in stable condition and under arrest with charges pending.

Owens was arrested Sunday evening and charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.


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