New York City police officer shot and wounded, suspect in custody

May 3, 2015 04:07
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A New York City plainclothes police officer was shot on Saturday and authorities said a suspect was arrested and in custody.

The officer, identified by police as Brian Moore, 25, was in surgery at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center about four hours after the shooting, a hospital representative told reporters on Saturday night.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Moore was "very, very seriously injured." Local media reported that Moore was shot in the face.

"It's a reminder of the dangers all of our officers face every single day," de Blasio told a news conference at the hospital.

Police arrested Demetrius Blackwell, 35, who shot at Moore and another officer at about 6:15 p.m. while they were in their car in the borough of Queens, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters.

Bratton said the officers were trying to question Blackwell, who had an extensive criminal background, about something he was doing, words were exchanged between Blackwell and the officers and he fired on their car.

De Blasio said Moore came from a police family and has served with distinction.

The shooting comes at a time of increased national focus both on the use of force by law enforcement and the dangers of police work. On Friday, six officers were charged in the death of a Baltimore man who was injured while in police custody.

Two New York police officers were shot and killed in Brooklyn as they were sitting in their patrol car last December in what officials said was a targeted attack.

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