ROCKAWAY, Queens (PIX11) — An off-duty NYPD officer was shot in Queens in an apparent attempted carjacking Tuesday night as he headed to work, authorities said. Two suspects were taken into custody shortly after the gunfire, according to the NYPD.
The 22-year-old officer was in his personal vehicle, stopped at a light at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 62nd Street, when two male suspects approached his car on foot around 10:18 p.m., NYPD officials said at a late-night briefing. One of the suspects, armed with a handgun, tapped on the officer’s window with the firearm, authorities said.
The off-duty officer got out of his vehicle and that’s when one of the suspects fired several shots at him, striking him in the shoulder, authorities said. The officer returned fire, but neither of the suspects were wounded, according to police.
The two suspects fled the scene on foot, according to the NYPD, but officers from the nearby 100th Precinct heard the gunshots and rushed to the scene.
The responding officers aided the wounded officer, while broadcasting out the description of the fleeing suspects over police radios, authorities said.
Uniformed public safety officers from that precinct observed two males who fit the description about three blocks away, at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 59th Street, and attempted to stop them, an NYPD official said.
As those officers got out of their vehicle, the suspects fired a shot toward them, striking the rear bumper of their unmarked police vehicle, according to authorities. The officers did not return fire and instead chased the suspects on foot, the official said.
They apprehended the two suspects a short time later without further incident, the NYPD said. A firearm was also recovered. Police sources said it was a .38 caliber handgun that was stolen and from Los Angeles.
Police announced the charges against the suspects — 19-year-old Chad Collie and 18-year-old Jayare Robinson, both from Queens — Wednesday afternoon. Collie faces four counts of attempted murder, as well as counts of robbery, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. Robinson faces robbery charges in the incident.
Back at the scene, the local officers put the wounded off-duty officer in their car and transported him to an area hospital, the NYPD said. He was to undergo surgery, according to a spokesperson for Mayor Eric Adams late Tuesday night. He was expected to survive.
According to police sources, the rookie officer works out of the 63rd Precinct in Brooklyn. His identity had not been shared, as of Wednesday morning.
The shooting comes the night before the funeral of Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, who was taken off life support for days after he and NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, 22, were shot while in Harlem. Rivera died the night of the shooting.
A number of NYPD officers have been shot in what’s been a violent start to 2022 for police. An officer was shot in the Bronx and a detective was shot in Staten Island. The year began with an officer shot while asleep in an East Harlem NYPD precinct parking lot.
President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit New York City on Thursday to discuss gun violence. Mayor Adams, a former NYPD officer himself, has decried the shootings. Adams shared a “blueprint” to end gun violence after the shootings of Rivera and Mora.
“We will ramp up enforcement, deploy more officers on the streets and in the subways, and get our courts at full capacity,” he said. “And we will invest in those longer-term preventions as well: Fixing our broken schools, supporting our unhoused New Yorkers, improving access to mental health services, and changing our laws.”
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