A cop who normally dwells behind a desk yesterday shot a suspect who was trying to flee other officers in Canarsie.
According to police, a pair of cops in an unmarked car watched as 46-year-old Raymond Martinez drove his Chevy Tahoe the wrong way through a red light on Rockaway Parkway around 7:30 p.m. In attempting to pull him over, Martinez instead rammed their car, striking an officer as he was getting out, then proceeded erratically down East 105th Street. Martinez careened along various other roads and through empty lots, smashing into a fire hydrant and rear-ending another car stopped in traffic.
At this point, he was spotted by Officer James Hasper, who was just getting out of his own car to start his shift. Hasper pulled out his gun and shot Martinez in the shoulder, finally bringing the chaotic chase to a halt. Hasper is brand new to patrolling, reassigned from his normal career on desk duty as part of the summer's All Out program, which reallocates officers to the streets to combat the increased violence that tends accompany warm weather.
Martinez, who has 12 prior arrests, was taken to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition.