Queens, NY – Police arrested the husband of a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer on Tuesday after he used her duty weapon to fire shots at officers and held his wife hostage in their home.
NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison said police received a 911 call at about 8:40 a.m. on Sept. 14 from an off-duty officer who needed assistance at her home on 133rd Avenue in South Ozone Park, WPIX reported.
Police officials said that the officer’s husband had taken her service weapon and was holding her against her will inside their home.
Chief Harrison said that when officers arrived at the home and knocked on the front doors, the officer’s husband threatened to shoot them, WPIX reported.
The officers retreated and called for an Emergency Service Unit (ESU) to respond to the scene.
The chief said that when ESU officers arrived on the scene, they attempted to talk to the husband and he started shooting at them, WPIX reported.
No officers were struck by gunfire.
Authorities said that when her husband was engaged in the armed standoff with police, the officer managed to escape from the home via an upstairs window, WPIX reported.
“Emergency Service Unit personnel arrived a few minutes later, and while attempting to continue the dialogue, the suspect shot several times at those officers,” Chief Harrison explained at a press conference after the standoff ended. “During the standoff between the suspect and police, the female involved was able to jump out of the second-floor window.”
Chief Harrison said that when the officer jumped to safety, her husband fired shots at her and ESU officers.
He said the officer may have broken her leg when she jumped but she wasn’t hit by any of the bullets that were fired by her husband, WPIX reported.
The police chief said officers returned fire and hit the gunman once in the right arm.
At that point, the shooter retreated back inside the home, but then his brother arrived and negotiators worked with him to convince the gunman to give up voluntarily, WPIX reported.
Chief Harrison said that the husband finally came to the door and was placed under arrest.
He credited NYPD Detective Brenda Reddick from the 106th Precinct who led the dialog with the armed hostage-taker, WPIX reported.
“I really want to take the opportunity to commend Detective Reddick regarding having the individual surrender,” the chief said. “If it wasn’t for her leadership and her professionalism, we would still be out here engaging.”
“Once again it is still preliminary, we are still trying to find out what firearms were involved and used, but right now it does look like our off-duty police officer’s service revolver,” Chief Harrison added, according to AMNY.
The suspect and his wife were both transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries, WPIX reported.