Police Shoot Armed Man Preparing Heist on Harlem Drug Den, Sources Say

By Aidan Gardiner and Murray Weiss  on January 9, 2014 9:39am

 Police shot an armed driver on 125th Street Wednesday night, the NYPD said.
Police shot an armed driver on 125th Street Wednesday night, the NYPD said.
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MANHATTAN — Police officers shot an armed man after pulling his car over during a drug investigation Wednesday night, the NYPD said.

After police stopped a GMC Terrain at 125th Street and 12th Avenue at about 9 p.m., the 30-year-old driver stepped out of the SUV with a .40 caliber Taurus gun in his hand, prompting officers to shoot at him, an NYPD spokesman said.

The driver, whose identity was not immediately released, did not return fire, the spokesman added.

Police sources said the man was part of a group of five from Camden, NJ, that planned to rip off a suspected drug location on the block. Officers from the NYPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration task force were lying in wait for them.

The sources said two police officers and a DEA agent opened fire.

The man's arm was grazed and he was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, treated and released back into custody, police said.

The driver's gun was recovered at the scene, police said.

Police also arrested three men and a woman who were traveling in the car. Charges were pending Thursday morning, an NYPD spokesman said.

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