The NYPD says that an officer shot a driver who ran multiple red lights and aimed a gun at police officers during a traffic stop last night. The wounded suspect allegedly bit one of the officers while they were trying to arrest him.
According to the police, the incident occurred just before 11 p.m., when officers in a unmarked vehicle observed a car running red lights. They stopped the driver at 217th Lane and Hollis Avenue, authorities say. When the driver got out, he was allegedly holding a gun, and WABC 7 reports, "The man told the officers, 'I am ready to die.'"
An NYPD spokesman says that officers asked him multiple times to drop the gun, but when he ignored the requests, a sergeant fired one, hitting the suspect in the leg. While the officers were trying to arrest him, the suspect bit one of them.
Police recovered a loaded .40 Glock 26.
Officers engaged an armed suspect following a car stop and recovered this loaded gun. pic.twitter.com/LnVRpGLgNo
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 12, 2016
The suspect was taken to Queens Hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. The officers were taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital.
Charges are pending against the suspect.