Police-involved shooting in Queens

March 28, 2008 8:26:06 PM PDT
One person was shot and four officers were taken to the hospital following a police-involved shooting in Queens Friday. The incident happened at 105-09 77th Street, off Liberty Avenue, in Ozone Park. It began when two officers and a sergeant in an unmarked cruiser came across four men they say were acting suspicious.

Police and witnesses say their suspicions were right.

"The cops turned around and tried to follow them, so then they ran," witness Franklin Valdez said.

Police say when they approached the four men, one took off running.

They say the 18-year-old man led them down an alley to the front yard of a home and turned around with a handgun, leaving cops no choice but to fire.

"They just went to the alley and they started shooting," witness Jesus DeJesus said.

Police shot the suspect in the hand, thigh and buttocks. The officers were not hit.

Authorities confirm the suspect was taken to Jamaica Hospital. The other three men got away.

Four police officers were taken to North Shore Hospital to be treated for trauma.