PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, Brooklyn — An NYPD officer was shot in the chest in Brooklyn on Sunday night, police said.
Officers responded to a 911 call for a man shot inside of a Hawthorne Street building near Flatbush Avenue around 9 p.m., police said.
When officers arrived on scene, they were met with a man at the top of the stairs with a blanket over his shoulder. He then pulled out a .38-caliber revolver and fired at them, according to NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison.
The shooter barricaded himself inside the apartment with his roommate, the man who had been shot, and the roommate’s girlfriend, officials said. He was later taken into police custody.
The injured officer, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was conscious and alert when he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
After the incident, a second officer realized he had been grazed by a bullet, police said. His injury was described as “very minor” by an NYPD spokesperson.
The man who’d been hurt before officers arrived on scene, 44, was shot in the leg, police said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Officials said he was not likely to die of his injuries.
He had been the shooter’s roommate for at least one and half years and the two worked together, according to police.
Police asked people to avoid the area around 42 Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn because of the investigation. The also advised that people should expect emergency vehicles and traffic in the area.
The NYPD has not yet identified the gunman, however they said he had a prior arrest in 1993 for criminal possession of a weapon.
Two men were seen taken in handcuffs by police at the scene, however the NYPD said only one person was in custody.
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