ROCKAWAY PARK — A man was shot and clinging to life on Saturday after he was shot by an officer after the man had pulled a 9mm gun out, police said.
Four officers, including one sergeant of the NYPD, found the man on the third floor of a building at 40-20 Beach Channel Dr. when they were responding to a 911 call reporting an assault at around 12:38 a.m., police said.
On arriving at the location, from inside the lobby the officers could hear screaming coming from the stairwell, and saw the man, 25, holding a 9mm Highpoint model C gun, police said.
When the officers ordered him to drop his weapon, the man instead took off up the staircase, the NYPD said.
The man then allegedly turned and pointed his loaded gun at the officers, and one police officer shot him with his service weapon, hitting the man in the torso, police said.
The suspect was rushed to Jamaica Hospital and remains in critical condition, police said. The gun was recovered at the scene, and charges against the man are pending.
Two officers were sent to area hospitals for minor injuries in the police-involved shooting, and an investigation is ongoing, police said.
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