BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — Two NYPD officers were shot early Saturday during a chase and shootout with a suspect who was also wounded, police said.
Police Officer William Reddin, 33, and Officer Andrew Yurkiw, 29, were identified as the plainclothes officers from the 81st Precinct who were wounded. Reddin has been on the force for nine years and his partner for three years. Since January 1, four NYPD officers have been shot.
The confrontation happened at 3:20 a.m. near the intersection of Malcolm X Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, according to police. Both officers are in stable condition and expected to survive, authorities said.
The two officers heard gunfire near Quincy Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. When the officers approached, the suspect, Jamal Funes, 34, allegedly pointed a revolver at them and fled the scene in a car.
Funes drove the wrong way on Lexington Avenue, ramming an NYPD patrol car, police said. The officers then opened fire on Funes, striking him multiple times.
Two officers were struck by gunfire — Officer Yurkiw was shot in the chest but was protected by his vest. Reddin was struck right below the vest line, hitting his right hip.
The officers were taken to Kings County Hospital. Both officers are alert, in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery, police said.
Officer Yurkiw is resting at his Wantagh home with his new wife, his father told PIX11 News.
Funes is in critical condition and in custody at Brookdale Hospital.
The NYPD recovered a .357 revolver with five spent shell casings from the front seat of the suspect's car.
Eight officers from the 81st and 83rd precincts as well as public-housing officers responded to the officer's call for assistance. Four officers were in uniform and four were plainclothes officers.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Officer Andrew Yurkiw's father, Paul Yurkiw, was also shot on duty "a number" of years ago, and was also saved by bulletproof vest, Bratton said.
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