An off-duty NYPD is lucky to be alive after an encounter on his way home from work. The Officer shot a man who allegedly tried to carjack him at gunpoint and fired a shot of him in Brooklyn, according to police. The shoot out was caught on video.
Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said the officer had left work and was on his way home when the 26-year-old suspect tapped on his window with a gun at Foster Avenue and East 87th Street in Canarsie around 2 a.m.
The officer pulled ahead to a safe distance and exited his vehicle, and that’s when Harrison said the man fired one gunshot at him.
“Our member of the service then pulled out his firearm, shooting several times at our perpetrator, striking him in the chest,” Harrison said.
The suspect fell to the ground, and it appears he tries to reach for his gun again, but the police officer takes it from him and puts up his hands when other authorities arrive at the scene.
Two guns were recovered at the scene. One that appeared to be wrapped in latex gloves, and a knife were found on the suspect, who was taken to Brookdale University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He is in critical condition.
The officer was not injured but was taken to Beth Israel Hospital to be treated for tinnitus.
At this time, police do not believe that this was a targeted attack and that the suspect had no way of knowing that his would be victim, was a police officer.
Police say the suspect in the case has seven prior arrests he was charged in 2017 with causing a Belt Parkway hit and run that claimed the life of a 59-year-old woman. Police also say that the suspect does not possess a valid driver’s liscense.
He was allegedly driving a stolen Mercedes SUV eastbound on the Belt at a high rate of speed with no headlights on when he rear-ended a Mitsubishi Outlander carrying four people and then hit a Honda Civic with a woman and three young children inside.
The driver of the Civic, Johanna Taylor, remained hospitalized until her death on April 22, 2018.
Police say the suspect then flipped the stolen SUV on its side and fled from the crashed car but was not caught until April 16, 2019, when he was charged with vehicular manslaughter.
“Our service member then pulled out his firearm, shooting several times at our perpetrator, striking him in the chest,” Harrison said.
Neighbors condemned the suspect’s actions.
“It’s unnecessary, exactly,” said Carlos Rosa.
“And the worst thing, you carjack a police officer,” said David Pharel.
Some say the attempt shows just how desperate people can get.
“It is brazen, it’s what we are living in today,” said Ciara Smith. “I think people are just in a bad time right now and taking drastic measures.”