BROOKLYN — Police shot and wounded a fugitive outside a Bedford-Stuyvesant elementary school Tuesday morning after he refused to leave his car and attempted to drive away, according to police sources and video of the incident.
Plain clothes officers of the NYPD's Brooklyn North Warrant Squad first confronted 36-year-old Javon Shipman, who was wanted for attacking a man with a brick in an earlier incident, outside Carter G. Woodson Elementary School on Vernon Avenue between Tompkins and Marcy avenues at about 8:45 a.m., according to Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan.
When two detectives approached Shipman's car, which was parked at the curb, he refused to follow instructions and pulled up on the sidewalk toward one of the officers, police said.
He then tried to drive away, prompting an officer to fire one shot, hitting Shipman in the left shoulder, Monahan said.
Police chased Shipman down Tompkins Avenue, where they blocked him with an unmarked van near Gates Avenue and demanded again that he get out of his vehicle.
Officers yelled "Stop! Stop!" as Shipman revved his engine and made several more attempts to drive off, but the van was blocking his path, and officers managed to drag him out and arrested him after several minutes, according to the NYPD and a video taken from an apartment overlooking the scene.
After a search, police found a small amount of cocaine in Shipman's car, Monahan said.
Shipman was was taken to Methodist Hospital Center in Park Slope in stable condition, according to Monahan, who declined to reveal further details surrounding the warrant on Shipman.
Junichi Arima, who filmed the videos, said he heard a commotion outside and got to the window in time to film the confrontation.
A police officer was taken to an area hospital following the ordeal, but the extent of the officer's injuries were not immediately clear.
Shipman has a criminal record dating back to 1998. He was in prison from 1998 to 2001 for a robbery and from 2005 to 2008 for another robbery, according to Department of Corrections and Community supervision records.
Faculty and students at Woodson Elementary took shelter following the shooting until police declared the area safe, according to a Department of Education spokeswoman.