Police Officer Is Shot in Queens

3 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

NYC Police Officer Shot, in Critical Condition (UPDATED).

NEW YORK (AP) — An on-duty New York City police officer was shot and critically injured Saturday evening and a search was underway for possible suspects, police said. Dozens of police officers, marked and unmarked cars, emergency service unit trucks and police helicopters flooded the scene in the Queens Village neighborhood, and officers could be seen searching house-by-house, looking in backyards, under cars and walking on top of roofs with their flashlights.

Hours before he carried out the double slaying, the career criminal boasted on social media that he was “putting wings on pigs today” to avenge the police-involved deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, police say the man suspected of shooting the officer had just been pulled over in a routine traffic stop, at 212th Street and 104th Road in Queens around 6:15 p.m.

The officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were shot by Baltimore resident Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had traveled to New York after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Maryland and posting a cryptic threat against police on Instagram. The police officer, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to a hospital in a police cruiser; Mayor Bill de Blasio was headed to the hospital, WABC added. It’s not clear whether Saturday’s shooting is related to a week of unrest in both Baltimore and New York following the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in April. Barbara Jonas said she did not know what was happening when police swarmed the neighborhood. “We were looking over here, and the police told us to get off the fence; do not go near, so we didn’t know what happened,” Jonas said. “I’m so sorry to know something like that happened.

Why would somebody shoot somebody like that – an officer, you know what I mean?” added resident Michael Cofield. “That’s not going to help nobody.” Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot at close range as they were sitting in their patrol car Dec. 20 of last year in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. On Jan. 5, two plainclothes officers – Andrew Dossi, 30, and Alrio Pellerano, 38 — who were part of an anti-crime unit in the Fordham section of the Bronx were shot and wounded. Jason Polanco, 24, and Joshua Kemp, 28, were both indicted on charges of robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property in connection with the Bronx case. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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