A uniformed NYPD cop was shot three times — including once in the bulletproof vest — during a shootout with a known gang member in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, police said.
The incident unfolded around 11:15 p.m. at Macon Street and Howard Avenue in Bushwick, when two police officers and a sergeant assigned to the 81st Precinct were inside an unmarked car when they spotted a man “walking briskly” and “blading his body,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a morning press conference.
The officers got out of the car to investigate — at which time the man pulled “a firearm, turns on the officers and begins to shoot,” Shea said.
“The sergeant in the auto does not fire his weapon, and again this is all preliminary,” the top cop added. “One of the officers fires 12 rounds. One of the officers fires nine rounds. The officer that fires nine rounds — and we’re not identifying him at this time as we complete notifications — is struck, we believe, three times.”