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.