A police officer may have shot a fellow cop during a drug bust gone wrong in Bushwick on March 8.
Two officers opened fire on Wilson Avenue near Troutman Street, attempting to gun down a vehicle fleeing an apparent heroin deal. A bullet struck one plainclothes officer in the shoulder, and ballistic evidence suggests it came form his partner’s gun, police officials said. The sight of an injured law man was jarring, one bystander said.
“I went outside and I saw the officer down,” said Bri Brown of cocktail bar Miles. “It was freaky.”
The detectives flanked a parked van in which they believed a drug deal was going down around 6:15 pm, and one attempted to arrest the suspects by reaching into the car, but the driver sped forward, alledgedly trying to run over the cop, according to authorities.
The officers fired their guns towards the vehicle as it accelerated forward and hit another car, and a bullet struck the plainclothes cop amid the melee, authorities said.
Police arrested two passengers and are still searching for a third. Department officials haven’t charged the men and refused to say whether they were armed.
Emergency responders transported the detective to Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, where he is currently in stable condition.
One of the men taken into custody suffered bullet wounds in the leg and wrist, and he is also in stable condition, police said.