Police: Officer shot man who tried to rob him with BB gun

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A police detective shot a man in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Sunday after the guy allegedly tried to rob the officer with a BB gun, authorities said.

Three plain-clothes detectives were at Monroe Street and Bedford Avenue investigating a robbery at around 6:40 pm when a man and two teens approached one of the officers, according to a report. One of the trio allegedly brandished a firearm — later identified as a BB gun — and they demanded then took the cop’s cellphone, police said.

The detective then whipped out his own weapon and shot the man in the right arm and torso, police said.

Authorities took the wounded suspect to Kings County Hospital, where he is in stable condition, cops said.

Police collared the injured man, who they say is a 20-year-old Crown Heights resident, and two teens — a 15-year-old from Canarsie and 16-year-old Bedford-Stuyvesant — and charged them all with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Police have now arrested and charged three people.
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