Two New York City police officers were shot and wounded early Saturday after a gunman led police on a car chase and exchanged gunfire, according to a NYPD statement.
The shooting occurred at 3:20 a.m. EST, after the suspect, Jamal Funes, 34, rammed his vehicle into a marked police car while driving the wrong way on Lexington Ave. near Malcolm X Boulevard in Brooklyn, police said. Officers fired at Funes and struck him several times. A .357 revolver with five spent shell cases were recovered after the incident. The suspect was taken to Brookdale Hospital and was in critical condition.
A .357 caliber revolver was recovered from the front seat of the car, which contained 5 spent shell casings. pic.twitter.com/yfFcRuEojj
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 20, 2016
Officer Andrew Yurkiw, 29, suffered blunt-force trama from a bullet stopped by his protective bullet-resistant vest. Officer William Reddin, 33, was struck by a bullet that entered his right hip. Both officers were taken to Kings County Hospital for treatment and were awake and in stable condition, police said.
“The bottom line today: Thank God, these officers will be making a full recovery,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference, according to the New York Daily News. “They were alert. They were talkative in fact.”
I've met with them both and can report that they are alert, talkative and in the warm embrace of their families.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) February 20, 2016
The incident started Saturday after two uniformed housing police officers heard a shot fired near Quincy Street and Malcom X Boulevard. When the officers initially approached the suspect, he pointed a revolver at them and he fled, according to police . The investigation is ongoing.
Video of the aftermath of the incident surfaced on the web early Saturday: