NYPD officer shot in head recovering; suspect in custody

This undated photo released by the New York City Police Department shows officer Brian Moore. Moore, a New York City police officer shot in the head...

This undated photo released by the New York City Police Department shows officer Brian Moore. Moore, a New York City police officer shot in the head and critically injured while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a gun is recovering following brain surgery. Detectives were still investigating Sunday, May 3, 2015, after arresting 35-year-old Demitrius Blackwell in the shooting. (New York City Police Department via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer shot in the head while attempting to stop a man he suspected of carrying a handgun was recovering Sunday as detectives continued to gather evidence in the case, the fifth shooting of an officer in as many months, officials said.

 Officer Brian Moore, 25, underwent surgery after being rushed in a patrol car Saturday to a Queens hospital after he and his partner pulled up in an unmarked police car to a man who was adjusting his waistband suspiciously, said police Commissioner William Bratton.

The officers exchanged words with the man before he turned suddenly and fired at least twice, striking Moore, Bratton said. His partner, Officer Erik Jansen, 30, radioed for help.

“They did not have an opportunity to get out and return fire,” the commissioner said at a Saturday night press conference at a Queens hospital with Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials.

Police flooded the area following the shooting — police helicopters flew overhead, officers searched house-by-house and some could be seen walking on roofs. About 90 minutes later, police arrested Demetrius Blackwell, 35, near the crime scene in a house on the block where he lives, officials said.

No weapon was found and, as of early Sunday, Blackwell had not been charged. It wasn’t clear if he has a lawyer.

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