EAST NEW YORK — A police officer on patrol inside a public housing complex shot a 19-year-old Friday after he pointed a gun at the officer, police said.
Two uniformed officers were surveying the Cypress Houses in East New York at 6:50 p.m. when they saw two men banging on the outer door of a vestibule, and pulled up near 1220 Sutter Ave., the NYPD said in a release.
As one officer got out of the passenger's side of the marked cruiser, one of the men, 19, took off, headed through the housing complex, police said.
It was later discovered the suspect had an open warrant for failure to appear on a disorderly conduct charge, police said.
The officer pursued the suspect on foot, as the other officer drove around to cut the suspect off. Partway through the complex, the suspect turned on the officer in foot pursuit, and pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, pointing it at the cop, police said.
The chasing officer fired his weapon, and struck the suspect in the left buttock, police said. The 19-year-old was rushed to Brookdale Hospital and in stable condition, police said. The officer was treated at Jamaica Hospital for tinnitus
An investigation revealed a Millenium semi-automatic 40 caliber handgun at the scene, and charges against the suspect were pending, police said.
It was the fourth straight day in the New Year that an officer had to fire his own weapon to protect himself, according to NBC New York.