Officer Accidentally Shoots Barricaded Bronx Assault Suspect, Police Say
HIGH BRIDGE — A man accused of assaulting two people was accidentally shot in the wrist by police after he barricaded himself inside a Bronx apartment Sunday night, authorities said.
Hassan King, 42, punched a 22-year-old man in the face and hit a 34-year-old woman in the back inside of 1380 University Ave. about 10:40 p.m., police said. When police responded, Hassan locked himself inside the ninth-floor apartment.
The NYPD negotiated with Hassan for more than two hours, police said, before an Emergency Service Unit team forced open the door.
As the door swung back, it struck the lead officer, causing his gun to fire, police said.
King was hit once in his right wrist and taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition.
The man and woman were able to escape before the shooting and were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition, officials said.
King was charged with assault, menacing, harassment and obstructing governmental administration. He had 21 prior arrests, mainly for narcotics.
He was at the apartment celebrating Mother's Day with his ex-girlfriend, the Daily News reported.