Off-duty NYPD cop shoots, wounds gunman trying to carjack him

The officer was heading home when a man approached and knocked on the driver's side window with a gun

By Rocco Parascandola
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An off-duty NYPD cop shot and wounded a gunman who apparently tried to carjack him in Brooklyn early Wednesday, police said.

The cop was heading home from work when the would-be carjacker approached and knocked on the driver’s side window with a gun at E. 87th St. and Foster Ave. in Canarsie just past 2 a.m., police said

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The cop pulled away and got out of the car, at which point the gunman fired at least once, barely missing the officer, according to police.

The cop returned fire several times, wounding the gunman in the chest and arm , NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said at a Wednesday morning press conference.

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The carjacker did not know his victim is a cop, police said, and it appears the confrontation happened so quickly the officer did not have time to identify himself.

The wounded gunman was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with what Harrison called “life-threatening injuries.” His name was not immediately released.

The 28-year-old suspect was arrested just last year in a vehicular manslaughter case, authorities said.

The officer was treated at Mount Brooklyn for ringing in his ears.

Both guns, one of which appears to be covered in blood, were recovered, as was a knife.

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