BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Police shot a man after he allegedly struck a police officer in the face with a cane on Saturday morning in Bed-Stuy, the NYPD said.
Dairon Bledsoe, 27, of Bushwick, was later arrested after the police-involved shooting that left him with a bullet in his torso, when the injured female officer's partner pulled out a gun on Broadway near Lewis Avenue at 10:35 a.m., the NYPD said.
Bledsoe, who was rushed to Kings County Hospital after the shooting and was in stable condition, faces charges of felony assault, assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, attempted criminal mischief, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
The confrontation began when transit police working on patrol duties at the elevated J and M train station at Myrtle Avenue saw Bledsoe allegedly smashing a wooden cane against the hood of their police cruiser, the NYPD said.
The officers ordered Bledsoe to stop, and the man took off running, police said, with the officers pursuing him on foot.
Two blocks later at 874 Broadway, the officers caught up with Bledsoe, who was still holding the cane, police said.
That's when the female officer confronted him with her expanded baton out, police said. In a surveillance video posted by the NY Daily News, it appears the officer is waving the baton at the suspect as he tries to dodge and escape the swings. Bledsoe runs into the street, where the officer appears to corner him. That's when Bledsoe allegedly responded by hitting her against the left side of her face, the NYPD said.
The injured officer's partner, believing the suspect was about to attack again, drew a service weapon and shot Bledsoe in the upper torso, the NYPD said.
Witnesses said Bledsoe later tried to jump out of the ambulance and was rushed by a large group of officers, the NY Daily News wrote.
The assault caused bruising, swelling and lacerations to the officer's face, the NYPD said, and both officers were being treated and in stable condition at Wyckoff Hospital.
The NYPD said an investigation was ongoing.