(Brooklyn, NY) — Three NYPD officers are hospitalized and a suspect in critical condition after an unprovoked attack on officers during an anti-looting patrol in Brooklyn.
Officials say the suspect approached one of the officers last night and stabbed him in the neck.
The incident happened at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday near Church and Flatbush avenues.
Police say two officers were on an anti-looting patrol when a man walked up and stabbed one of those officers on the left side of his neck.
Other officers arrived at the scene within moments and one of them pulled out his gun.
The suspect then struggled with that officer for the weapon, causing it to go off and hit one officer in the arm and another in the hand.
The suspect was then shot and taken to a nearby hospital where he’s in critical condition.
The officers suffered non life-threatening injuries.
“We believe that when they got there they saw the perp with a gun in his hand that we believe belonged to one of the officers,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “It appears to be a complete cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenseless police officer. And thank God we’re not planning a funeral right now.”
The FBI has joined the investigation.