The police are looking for a suspect who was shot by a plainclothes sergeant in Brooklyn this morning. Apparently the suspect—who is still at large—is part of a group who were stealing car parts in Flatbush when the officer spotted him.
According to the NYPD, the incident occurred at 4:02 a.m., when the sergeant, who is part of the 70th Precinct Anti-Crime team, spotted "two males removing the tires of a 2015 Honda Fit on East 19th Street near Glenwood Road." But when he approached them, they fled in two different vehicles.
At this time, the sergeant notified two other plain clothes officers assigned to the 70 Precinct Anti-Crime team, also on patrol in an unmarked department auto, of the events and direction of flight. While the sergeant was still at the scene, another vehicle, with two males inside, came to the location to retrieve items and parts left behind by the original group.
Upon the sergeant identifying himself and engaging the two males, the suspects re-entered their vehicle and attempted to flee the location. The suspects then struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle a short distance from the incident location along East 19 Street. The sergeant pulled next to the suspect’s vehicle, on the driver’s side, and exited his vehicle to engage the males on the passenger side. The operator of the vehicle exited the front passenger side window area, disregarding multiple orders given by the sergeant to remain inside the auto.
Once outside the vehicle, the suspect menaced the sergeant with a knife. The sergeant gave verbal commands for the suspect to drop the knife, all of which were disregarded. The sergeant discharged one round from his service weapon, striking the suspect about the body. The suspect then fled the location and remains unapprehended.
The police took the passenger, 26, into custody and charges are pending. According to WABC 7, "The man in custody reportedly has 10 prior arrests, several for them for incidents involving car stripping." The police also released an image of the knife:
A neighbor told WCBS 2, "Just last week there was a car that was stripped, but normally this is a fairly decent neighborhood. We don’t get too much of that, but it happens occasionally.”
The sergeant was treated for tinnitus.