A shooting in Brooklyn late Saturday evening left an off-duty New York Police Department officer critically injured, and police are continuing to search for the suspect, authorities said.
During a press conference at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, shortly before 11 p.m., authorities said the injured officer was “fighting for his life” in critical condition after “what appears to be an attempted robbery during an attempt to purchase a vehicle.”
The shooting took place around 7 p.m. Saturday on Ruby Street, near Linden Boulevard, the officials said.
“It hurts a lot,” Mayor Eric Adams told the group of reporters, saying the officer is a five-year veteran of the NYPD who was off-duty at the time of the incident. “And it does not dissipate over time.”
“We will catch the person responsible for this act,” the mayor added. “This dangerous person must be removed from our streets.”
The officer was not identified.
Adams opened his remarks by thanking those who continue to serve in uniform despite increased in attacks on police officers. He also said “far too often” he is tasked with visiting officers in the hospital who suffer injuries after being attacked.
The mayor explained shooting took place when the officer was conducting “a simple errand” to purchase a used vehicle when a “dangerous person pulled out a firearm” and attempted to rob the officer.
There was then an “exchange of gunfire,” NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell added.
The officer previously coordinated the purchase and meeting arrangement over social media. The officer went with a family member, Sewell said.
Adams said he met with the officer’s wife and children and was “lifting the family up in prayer.”
“My heart goes out to the family and to the department in general and specifically to the two members of his command to see a fellow officer experience this,” he said.
The mayor also tied the shooting to the prevalence of “illegal guns” in New York.
“As we see throughout this city, too many illegal guns are in the hands of bad people, and [these individuals are] doing bad things,” Adams continued.
Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA), the largest police union representing NYPD police officers, also spoke during the press conference.
If anyone has any information, the authorities encouraged them to reach out to the NYPD tip hotline.
The NYPD, as well as local, state, and federal partners, are continuing to investigate this incident.
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