Police-involved shooting on Staten Island

The News Leader

January 28, 2011 1:55:38 PM PST
Two veteran detectives in plainclothes with the Staten Island District Attorney's office came across two men in a vehicle in what appeared to be a drug transaction (prescription drugs and a vial of cocaine were later discovered in car.)

The detectives were on foot. One was in front of the car, a 2011 Hyundai Sonata; one in back.

Police say the operator of the Sonata threw the car into reverse, nearly hitting the detective behind it, then jerked forward, striking the detective who fired, hitting a 24-year-old suspect one time. He sustained a graze wound to the head.

The detective who was struck was hospitalized with hand, arm and knee injury. The other detective had chest pain.

The suspects, ages 24 and 18, were caught nearby by responding officers from the 122nd precinct's anti crime unit.

They have multiple prior arrests, include last month for Criminal Possession with intent to sell. The 18 year old suspect was not struck.

The detective who fired the shots is a 20 year veteran, and his partner has 26 years.

The shooting occurred in a small strip mall shopping plaza on Manor Road.