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Police shot a man they say robbed an Avenue P cellphone store at gunpoint on Jan. 27.

Witnesses told officials that two guys — one allegedly waving a pistol — barged into a cellphone shop between E. Second Street and McDonald Avenue at 11:08 am and announced a stick-up.

The pair herded patrons into a back room before looting an unknown number of phones and fleeing in a black Jeep, cops said.

But a valiant salesman gave chase, pursuing the getaway vehicle in his own ride, calling 911, and alerting a patrol car on Coney Island Avenue, according to police.

Eventually, the suspects smashed their Jeep into a parked car on E. 14th Street between avenues O and P, and that’s where the cops closed in, police sources say. The two alleged robbers and a wheel man got out of the car, and an officer started shooting one who police say had a gun, striking the suspect twice in the chest, according to law enforcement sources.

Officers managed to slap cuffs on a second guy, but the third got away, a police report states.

It’s unclear whether the shot suspect ever fired himself, officials said. He is at Kings County Hospital in stable condition, according to police.

Cops recovered two firearms at the scene, a police report states.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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