BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn (PIX11) — An NYPD detective was injured in a shooting Thursday at about 4:30 p.m., police said.
During a press conference at the scene at Saratoga and Pitkin avenues, officials said the detective and another officer were patrolling in a marked NYPD vehicle when shots rang out. NYPD Assistant Chief Joe Kenny said the gunman is believed to have been firing at a white vehicle — not the police cruiser.
The cruiser was caught in the fire, Kenny said, and the 26-year-old detective, Sunjay Verma, was driving suffered an arm injury. Though police initially said that Verma had been shot, they later said that it was unclear whether he was struck by the bullet or a shard of glass.
“It’s an outrage and it’s unacceptable,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said, “but it goes to show that our officers are out there and they’re engaging and they’re in these communities to try and stop this violence.”
The officers inside the police cruiser “immediately exited” to pursue the shooter, who fled into a courtyard. The suspect is still on the loose.
A firearm was recovered near the scene.
The officer was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition.
There is reward of up to $13,500 for information leading to an arrest/conviction of the suspect, or suspects, involved.
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