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.
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.