Four cops injured during shootout with Brooklyn ex-con
Four veteran police officers were injured during a bloody shootout early Sunday morning with a Brooklyn ex-con who had been holding his pregnant girlfriend and their four-month-old son hostage, officials said.
The officers were each shot at close range as they tried to arrest Nakwon Foxworth, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a news conference Sunday morning, but escaped with minor injuries.
The cops entered Foxworth's Sheepshead Bay apartment at around 12:30 a.m. after his girlfriend dashed out holding their infant son, Kelly said, when Foxworth began shooting at them. Foxworth and the cops were “no more than 10 feet apart,” Kelly added.
Foxworth, 33, squeezed off 12 shots: Det. Michael Keenan was hit in his left calf, Det. Kenneth Ayala was hit in the thigh and foot and officer Matthew Granahan was struck in his left calf. Capt. Al Pizzano's face was grazed with a bullet.
“Although hit, Det. Ayala and officer Granahan returned fire, striking Foxworth in the abdomen,” Kelly said, adding, “It was a good thing Foxworth was stopped.”
Kelly said police found “a cache of weapons,” including a stolen military-style assault rifle, and 50 rounds in the apartment.
Foxworth has a violent criminal history, according to police records. He was released from prison in 2010 after serving 10 years for attempted murder, robbery and selling drugs in prison, and had previously served two years for attempted murder.
The four cops were being treated Sunday at Lutheran Medical Center, and Kelly said it was possible some may be released later in the day. Foxworth was in critical but stable condition at Kings County Hospital on Sunday morning. He was arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.
“Here we were very lucky,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “but it could have been a great tragedy.”
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