Sergeant Kevin Brennan was shot in the head while pursuing a gunman last year, cops said. Credit: NYPD. Sergeant Kevin Brennan was shot in the head while pursuing a gunman last year, cops said. Credit: NYPD.

An NYPD cop returned to the Brooklyn building where he was shot in the head over a year ago for a walk-through for trial preparation and ended up arresting two armed robbers, police reported.

Sergeant Kevin Brennan, shot in the head January31st of last year in the lobby of 370 Bushwick Avenue, had just finished the walk-through with Officer Michael Burbridge, when Burbridge recognized two men wanted for a robbery a week earlier.

Brennan and Burbridge reportedly stopped the two men, and Brennan discovered a loaded 9mm handgun in the waistband of one of the men, 17-year-old Joseph Roman. Roman and the other man, 23-year-old Tyrrell Woods, were immediately arrested and are being charged with robbery and criminal use of a firearm, cops said.

 

Brennan was responding to a 911 call of shots fired when he was shot in the back of the head last year, according to the criminal complaint in his case against the accused shooter, Luis Ortiz.

Brennan, then a 29-year-old plainclothes officer, allegedly pursued Ortiz as he ran into the building with his gun pointed at Brennan. The officer tackled the accused gunman, and as they struggled, Ortiz allegedly shot Brennan in the back of the head.

Brennan suffered a fractured skull, but the bullet did not break through the bone or penetrate his brain.

When Ortiz was arraigned, the prosecutor said that in not firing his weapon, Brennan "showed Herculean restraint."

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