Brooklyn, NY – A career criminal was shot in the chest while trying to carjack an off-duty New York police officer early Wednesday morning.
The officer had just wrapped up his shift and was on his way home when he pulled up to a red light at Foster Avenue and East 87th Street just after 2 a.m., the New York Daily News reported.
While he was sitting at the intersection, a man approached his driver’s side window and knocked on it using a gun, according to police.
Surveillance footage showed the officer as he sped through the intersection and stopped his car at the opposite side.
As the officer scrambled to get out of his vehicle, the gunman crossed the roadway and headed towards him, the video showed.
The officer ended up getting back into his car and closing the door, but the attacker swiftly yanked it back open.
The suspect then fired his weapon into the officer’s car, narrowly missing him, New York Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said during a press conference, according to the New York Daily News.
The officer slid past the shooter and drew his own gun while yelling for the suspect to drop his weapon, a witness told the paper.
“He actually said to the guy, ‘Put the gun down, put the gun down,’” the witness recounted. “He was yelling for the guy to put the gun down and I guess he didn’t listen. And they exchanged some more gunfire…[The officer] was literally screaming for help.”
According to Chief Harrison, the suspect was hit in the chest and arm when the officer returned fire, the New York Daily News reported.
The gunman fell to the ground in the middle of the roadway as the officer continued to cover him with his weapon from his position on the corner of the intersection, the video showed.
He moved in towards the wounded suspect at the end of the video, and appeared to move something out of the gunman’s reach.
Investigators later recovered a knife and two guns at the scene, the New York Daily News reported.
One of the guns was covered in blood.
The shooter, identified by his family members as 28-year-old Ahmad Nicholls, was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with “life-threatening injuries,” Chief Harrison said, according to the New York Daily News.
One of Nicholls’ family members said he suffered nine gunshot wounds and was in stable condition after surgery.
The officer who shot the would-be carjacker was transported to a local hospital to be treated for tinnitus, according to FOX News.
Police said the suspect did not know his intended victim was a police officer, the New York Daily News reported.
A senior NYPD source told WNBC the gunman had gotten into an argument with someone inside a bar earlier in the night, and that his friends pulled up in a car and handed him a gun, according to WNBC.
The suspect proceeded to fire multiple rounds outside the bar before firing more shots at a vehicle in a PetSmart parking lot.
The gunman then allegedly shot at two cars near the Brooklyn Terminal Market, according to the NYPD source.
No one was injured during the shooting spree, WNBC reported.
Nicholls has at least 24 prior arrests on his record, including vehicular manslaughter charge involving him allegedly driving drunk at speeds of over 100 miles per hour on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, according to the New York Daily News.
That incident occurred in 2017.
He allegedly slammed into two vehicles – one of which was occupied by two children, their mother, and their grandmother – injuring eight people altogether.
The grandmother succumbed to her injuries approximately six months after the crash, the New York Daily News reported.
According to prosecutors, Nicholls fled the scene of the wreck and asked his girlfriend to report his vehicle as stolen.
He wasn’t arrested in connection with the incident until April of 2019, and was subsequently released on $250,000 bail.
The outcome of the case is unclear.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:
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