A New York City police officer from Long Island survived a brush with death in Brooklyn on Christmas Eve after being shot while responding to a domestic violence call in what Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and Mayor Bill de Blasio called a “Christmas miracle.”
The shot that hit the 27-year-old male officer assigned to the 77th Precinct struck him halfway up his back, but lodged in the bulletproof vest he wore on duty. The bullet never penetrated his skin; the officer’s expected to be released from Kings County Hospital early Christmas morning.
Other officers at the scene opened fire on the 20-year-old male suspect at least seven times, but none of the shots struck him or anyone else. Police later caught the perpetrator following a brief foot pursuit; he’s now being held pending charges.
Shea outlined the preliminary details of the incident, which happened at about 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 24 at a home on Bergen Street near Ralph Avenue in Weeksville, across the street from the Albany Houses.
The injured officer and others responded to desperate 911 calls from the mother of the suspect’s girlfriend, according to Shea, who told the operator that he was threatening to come over and “shoot the place up.”
The suspect showed up at the scene not long after the cops did, according to Shea. He then opened fire after the girlfriend pointed him out to police.
The injured officer — who has about 2 1/2 years of service to the NYPD — was rushed to Kings County Medical Center conscious and in stable condition, sources said.
Shea and de Blasio met with his parents, who expressed relief that their son will survive, and soon be discharged.
“The look of relief in their faces is unforgettable, and also they felt this was a Christmas miracle, that their son is alive and well,” the mayor said. “Thank God for that.”
Shea compared the incident to a police shooting in Queens on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, when two officers from the 105th Precinct were shot as they responded to a domestic violence incident. While they survived their injuries, the suspect was shot dead by police during an ensuing shootout.