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Man hurts groin after shooting self during police approach: cops

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Cops found this Glock 19 used by the suspect. (Photo: DCPI)

Cops found this Glock 19 used by the suspect. (Photo: DCPI)

BROOKLYN – A man was apprehended after mistakenly shooting himself as cops approached him in Brooklyn early Saturday, according to the NYPD.

Police said three officers in uniform operating a marked department van were driving on Clarkson Avenue, approaching 93rd Street, when they saw a 26-year-old with his back toward the officers believed to be urinating on the street.

When the NYPD officers pulled over that location and approached the man, they heard a single gunshot emanate from where he was standing, cops said. He then fled but was caught nearby by the officers.

The gunman sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his groin as a result of mishandling the firearm he possessed, police said.

NYPD officers found a loaded and defaced Glock 19 handgun under the passenger rear tire of a mini-van thrown by the suspect after the shooting.

The suspect is at Kings County Hospital, where he is in stable condition and in custody, with charges pending.