A plainclothes New York City police officer was recovering from surgery Sunday after being shot in the head after questioning a man he saw acting suspiciously.
Officer Brian Moore, 25, was seated in an unmarked police car with his partner, Officer Erik Jansen, in the Queens Village when he saw the man walking and adjusting something in his waistband, police Commissioner William Bratton said.
Moore inquired about the man’s actions and the suspect removed a firearm from his waistband, turned to the officers and fired into the vehicle, hitting Moore in the head, Bratton said, speaking at a news conference at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, where Moore was undergoing treatment Saturday night.
“Both officers were still seated in the vehicle and did not have an opportunity to get out or return fire,” he added.
The incident happened around 6:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
The suspect — Demetrius Blackwell, 35 — fled to an alley and onto 104th Road, and Jansen radioed for assistance, Bratton said.
He said Blackwell was taken into custody about 90 minutes later. No weapon was found and, as of early Sunday, Blackwell had not been charged, the Associated Press reported.
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