Following an altercation in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood late Wednesday night, a man was shot and three police officers were wounded after the man stabbed one of the officers in the neck in what officials described as an unprovoked.
The chaotic encounter left nearly two dozen shell casings from police weapons scattered at the scene, Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea said outside the hospital where all four were being treated for their injuries. The officers were taken to Kings County Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, the police said, and all are expected to recover.
According to the report in a preliminary investigation which indicated a male suspect walking up to the officers casually and whipped out the knife. They said the officers involved had been assigned to an anti-looting post to prevent people from breaking into stores.
That officer was stabbed in the left side of his neck, thank God, missing an artery,” New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said. He called it a “completely cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenseless police officer.”
Hearing the gunshots, the nearby officers responded to find the suspect brandishing a gun, which police said was likely taken from an officer. The suspect was shot multiple times at the scene later described by Shea as “chaotic.” He added that 22 shell casings were recovered following the incident.
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