CHARLESTON — The man shot by NYPD officers as he pointed a gun at them after firing weapons with a friend in the Staten Island woods has been charged with attempted murder, police said.
Patrick Allen and Jonathan Derbyshire, both 24, were hit with numerous charges including attempted assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and menacing, the NYPD said.
The pair, who live together on Kreischer Street, were hanging out at a house near Androvette Street and Arthur Kill Road when they decided to go shoot some guns in the nearby woods, according to Chief of Patrol Terry Monahan.
Officers responded to 911 calls of shots about 1:10 a.m. As they arrived, Allen came from the side of a building and pointed a 9-millimeter Glock 26 at them as Derbyshire ran into the woods, police said.
Police fired four shots at Allen, hitting him three times in the leg and once in a bulletproof vest he was wearing, Monahan said.
Allen was treated at Staten Island University Hospital North where he's listed in stable condition, police said.
Officers chased Derbyshire into the woods where they found an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, several bullet casings and a large hunting knife, officials said. He was arrested later Thursday morning.
Allen was charged with attempted murder, attempted assault, attempted assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
He's been arrested eight times before, including for drug crimes, and comes from a prominent New York family that includes bankers, politicians, a federal judge and a former owner of the New York Post, that newspaper reported.
Derbyshire was charged with attempted assault, attempted assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, menacing and criminal possession of a controlled substance by police.
He also has several prior arrests — including for a 2008 break-in of a home — and was a star quarterback playing for Monsignor Farrell High School and Tottenville High School, the Staten Island Advance reported.
With additional reporting by Aidan Gardiner, Katie Honan and Murray Weiss