BELMONT, the Bronx — A Brooklyn man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly opened fire on two NYPD officers, injuring both, in the Bronx on the night before Thanksgiving, authorities said on Saturday.
Police charged Charlie Vasquez, 23, with two counts each of attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a loaded weapon, reckless endangerment and menacing.
The shooting happened on Wednesday around 8 p.m. near Beaumont Avenue and 187th Street in Belmont after a commumity member called 911 and reported a man with a gun, authorities said.
Responding officers Robert Holmes and Alejandra Jacobs found Vasquez sitting on a stoop with his hands in his pockets and ordered him to remove them, police said. Vasquez then pulled out a firearm and started shooting, according to the NYPD.
Jacobs, a military veteran with one year on the force with the NYPD, was shot twice in the upper right arm. She returned fire about five times and struck Vasquez three times, police said.
Holmes wrestled Vasquez to the ground, according to authorities. He was struck once in his right armpit area; the bullet exited in the area of his left chest.
Vasquez was taken into custody at the scene and also underwent surgery, police said. He was formally arrested and charged at a hospital on Saturday. It wasn’t immediately clear when he will be arraigned or whether he has a lawyer who can speak to the allegations.
Both police officers have since been released from the hospital.
This story comprises reporting from The Associated Press.