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2 Officers Seriously Hurt When Fleeing Gunmen Crash Into Police Car: NYPD

By Aidan Gardiner | September 7, 2017 10:27am | Updated on September 7, 2017 11:47am

BROOKLYN — Two NYPD officers were seriously injured when a pair of gunman crashed their car into a marked police cruiser in Bedford-Stuyvesant Wednesday night, sending one of the suspects flying through his car's windshield, officials said.

The gunmen, Scott Adams, 19, and Marquis Middleton, 29, fired four shots near Saratoga Avenue and Halsey Street about 10:40 p.m. and were then spotted driving in their Nissan Altima by plainclothes officers in a police car who tried to pull them over, an NYPD spokesman said.

Adams, who was behind the wheel of the Altima with North Carolina plates, sped west on MacDonough Street toward Howard Street, ignoring the officers as police pursued the vehicle trying to get them to stop, the spokesman said.

During the pursuit, Adams slammed into a second police car at MacDonough and Ralph Avenue, seriously injuring two officers inside and sending Middleton through the Altima's windshield, police said. He suffered life-threatening head injuries and was treated at Kings County Hospital, police said.

Adams and the two officers inside the car he crashed into were treated for serious injuries at the same hospital, where they were listed in stable condition, police said.

Investigators found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the street in front of 577 MacDonough St., which matched the caliber of shell casings found near Saratoga Avenue and Halsey Street, police said.

Investigators were trying to determine if the gun was tossed from the Altima or ejected during the impact, police said. It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was injured in the shooting, and an NYPD spokesman didn't provide further information.

Adams, of Williamsburg, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, vehicular assault, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic device and running a red light, police said.

He's been arrested twice before for driving without a license, according to an NYPD spokesman who didn't provide further details on the circumstances of those incidents.

Middleton, who also lives in Williamsburg, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Neither had been arraigned as of Thursday morning, records show.