An off-duty police officer is hospitalized after being shot during an apparent robbery last night in East New York, Brooklyn. The investigation is still in its preliminary stages but police say there were two perpetrators and that the officer was shot twice, once in the arm and grazed in the chest. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital and is in stable condition.
The shooting occurred around 10:20 p.m. outside 737 Bradford Street. According to WABC 7, "An officer for eight years, he was assigned to a housing bureau in Brooklyn. He had been sitting with his cousin in the SUV when at least two men in a dark BMW pulled up behind them. One of the men walked up to the Range Rover and opened the door. The off-duty officer identified himself as an officer, pulled his own weapon and shots were fired."
The suspect then fled. The Daily News suggests it may have been an attempted carjacking.
The officer was identified Tramaine Oxley, 33, in the Post, which reports, "Witnesses said that they heard a barrage of seven or eight gunshots and noticed multiple cars fleeing the scene." One said, "I heard a bunch of commotion. There was a bunch of shots and then cars zooming off."