NYPD cops shoot armed suspect in Brooklyn: sources

Police officers opened fire and killed an armed suspect that fled the scene of a triple shooting in Brooklyn late Thursday night, police and sources said.

A trio of uniformed cops in a marked car heard gunfire and responded to a scene with three people shot outside Boardwalk Wine and Spirits on Halsey Street, near Wilson Avenue, in Bushwick at about 10:30 p.m., according to police and sources.

A group outside the liquor store pointed cops toward the fleeing gunman — and they immediately gave chase with their body-worn cameras activated, NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes said at an early Friday press conference.

“The guy was on the sidewalk and running,” towards Weirfield Street when the cops showed up, a witness told The Post.

Cops responded to a report of three men injured in a shooting shortly before 11pm on July 8, 2021.
Cops responded to a report of three men injured in a shooting shortly before 11pm on July 8, 2021.
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Four people were wounded and one was fatally struck. The wounded were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.
Four people were wounded and one was fatally struck. The wounded were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.
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“They had their guns drawn, screaming ‘get your hands up! Drop the gun!’” the witness said. “He kept moving. He kept taking off. That’s when he got between the two cars and that’s when the cops fired.”

Holmes said that after the man refused orders to drop his weapon, police opened fire when he raised “the firearm in the direction” of them.

Police have asked residents to avoid the area of the shooting as well as to "expect a large police presence".
Police have asked residents to avoid the area of the shooting as well as to “expect a large police presence”.
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Sources said all three cops — two officers and a sergeant —  fired their guns.

A gun was recovered at the scene, according to Holmes, who said she reviewed the bodycam footage.

Officers spotted the 53-year-old suspected gunman around the corner on Wilson Avenue and ordered him to drop his weapon before firing
Officers spotted the 53-year-old suspected gunman around the corner on Wilson Avenue and ordered him to drop his weapon before firing
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The suspect was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Two officers were taken to the hospital for observation and three men who were shot were also hospitalized, but their conditions were not immediately known.

One of the windows at BoardWalk Wine and Spirits, where the shooting took place, was blown out during the mayhem.
One of the windows at BoardWalk Wine and Spirits, where the shooting took place, was blown out during the mayhem.
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Sources said the suspect has seven prior arrests, including for gun possession and robbery.

One source praised the three cops for their quick action.

A group outside the liquor store pointed cops toward the fleeing gunman.
A group outside the liquor store pointed cops toward the fleeing gunman.
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“We’ve had multiple shootings in this area and these cops were exactly where they were supposed to be,” the source said.

A window at the liquor store — near the scene of the original shooting — was blown out in the mayhem.

“I heard like 20 shots,” another witness said. “We ran to the window and [EMTs] were giving him CPR for like 10 minutes … a lot of blood.”

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