Queens gunman wounded, in custody after shootout with US Marshals, NYPD

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS (WABC) -- A suspect is in custody in Queens early Wednesday after getting into a shootout with U.S. Marshals and members of the NYPD.

The scene played out at 175th Street and 144th Drive in Springfield Gardens around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say that the Marshals, with the assistance of local police, went to a home on 175th Street to arrest a wanted individual, 44-year-old Oswald Alexander Lewis, Jr., on a warrant for federal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine charge in Virginia from April 1991.

Lewis was reportedly a fugitive wanted by the DEA.

After he did not come outside, authorities say seven Marshals broke down the door, prompting the suspect to fire shots through the door.

The Marshals returned fire, hitting Lewis in the hand.

He then attempted to flee out the back door, but ran into NYPD detectives watching the rear of the building.

He returned to the house and later surrendered by throwing his gun out the door.

Authorities say Lewis was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and was not seriously injured. He was crying as he lay handcuffed on the lawn.

Officials say he was wanted on the prior cocaine dealing warrant, as well as being a suspect in a prior assault in Brooklyn.

No officers or marshals were injured during the exchange of gunfire.

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