Sources: Ballistic tests show bullet that struck 1 of 2 NYPD officers in Brooklyn fired from suspect

Monday, February 22, 2016
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Tim Fleischer has the latest from Bedford-Stuyvesant.

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Ballistic tests released Sunday night show that the bullet that struck one of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn Saturday was fired from the suspect's .357 caliber magnum handgun.

That bullet hit Officer Yurkiw in his vest.

The bullet fragments that struck Officer Reddin are still being reviewed.

Meanwhile, frustration and outrage was being expressed by community advocates and clergy after the violent shooting in which the two officers were struck in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who had been seen pointing a gun.

"That they can pull a gun out, that they can shoot at police officers, that they can shoot our mothers or our kids, but we're here to say we're not tolerating that," said Community Advocate Tony Herbert.

"Our streets and communities are riddled with bullets. We've got to get these guns," added Pastor David Cousin.

Eight officers converged on the car that was driven by 34-year-old Jamal Funees on Lexington Avenue near Malcolm X Boulevard early Saturday morning after he had earlier pointed a gun at officers. Responding officers fired thirty shots at the car.

Funes was critically wounded, and police found his handgun on the front seat.

Officer William Reddin, a nine-year veteran had been struck in the hip. Officer Andrew Yurkiw, who had been on the force three years, was hit in his bulletproof vest. Officer Yurkiw's father Paul, had been saved in 1989 when bullets struck his vest during a traffic stop.

"Let us thank God that the officers are doing okay, and that there was no loss of life," said Pastor Cousin.

Mayor Bill deBlasio again spoke of the incident during a religious service on Sunday.

"Two of our police officers, fired at, and both came out of their ordeal. One walking around the hospital thank God. The other will be out soon fully recovered," deBlasio said.

This latest shooting and the larger issue of getting guns off the streets still looms as a concern.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.