UPDATED 7:49 AM PT – Thursday, May 13, 2021
A New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer was shot several times while responding to calls of gunfire in Brooklyn. The incident took place Wednesday night.
The 28-year-old officer was shot three times, including once through his bulletproof vest, before firing back at the 26-year-old suspect. The officer hit him in the leg.
Below is a picture of the vest that saved our officers life. pic.twitter.com/gTjzUFKS3W
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 13, 2021
Officials said officers were responding to a gunfight between rival gangs that initially sparked from a fatal shooting, which led to a car crash. It’s unclear at this time if the officer’s shooting and the fatal car shooting are linked.
Both the officer and suspect were taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Meanwhile, a gun was recovered at the scene. Police confirmed the suspect had numerous prior arrests and investigation is underway.