An armed man was fatally shot by police after he fired shots at officers in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.
After receiving a tip about a “potential retaliatory gang shooting,” three officers were patrolling near the Cypress Hills Houses in East New York around 4 p.m. when they saw a man running from the housing complex, Chief Terence Monahan said.
They pursued him in their vehicle for two blocks, and when two of the officers exited the patrol car on Logan Street, the suspect fired a revolver at them, Monahan said.
The officers returned fire, and the suspect fled. A chase ensued until the suspect entered a yard on Belmont Avenue. One officer followed the suspect into a rear alley, where heconfronted the still-armed man.
The officer fired at the suspect, who was struck and died at the scene, where a .32 caliber handgun was recovered, Monahan said.
Neither the officers nor the suspect have been identified. None of the officers were injured during the shootout, but one was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens for observation, police said.
“This happens a lot in this neighborhood,” a man identified only as Elijah, who lives near where the shootout occurred, told The New York Times.
He said he heard about 10 shots during the second shootout on Belmont Avenue.
Police said it is unknown if the suspect was connected to a gang shooting that took place in the area on Saturday night.
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There has been a police involved shooting in Brooklyn within the @NYPD75Pct at approx 4pm. More info to follow when available.
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