Police open fire on man in Brooklyn

July 22, 2008 5:12:00 PM PDT
A 34-year-old man was shot in the shoulder by police in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn early Tueaday. The gunfire erupted following a brief chase of the apparently unarmed man, who was wanted for violating an order of protection.

Police say a woman called 911 and complained about the man, stating he was armed with a gun and threatened her. When police responded, he had fled. So she jumped into a patrol car and drove around with officers looking for him.

When she spotted him, officers got out of the car and approached him. But the man reportedly fled, and ducked between two parked cars near the intersection of Tompkins and Vernon avenues.

Eyewitness News is told the officers ordered him out from between the cars, and he refused. When he finally stood up, police said he refused to show them his hands Instead, police said he appeared to reach into his waistband.

One of the officers fired a shot, striking the man in the shoulder. The bullet went through his shoulder, and he was rushed to Kings County Hospital. Officials say the man is in stable condition and expected to survive.

The officer, assigned to the 79th Precinct, was also treated at the hospital.

Police searched the area for a gun, but none was immediately found.

The man reportedly has numerous domestic incident reports lodged against him by this woman and numerous other women.

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