Who Were The Two Cops Shot In Brooklyn? Little Information Has Been Released On Them
Early this morning two plainclothes undercover NYPD cops were shot after a standoff with a shooting suspect. After spotting a suspect who allegedly had a gun in his vehicle, the officers were led on a wild car chase that ended with both cops and the suspect in the hospital. The suspect, Jamal Funes of New Jersey, is in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital. But who were the two cops shot in Brooklyn this morning?
The two were working out of the 81st Precinct anti crime division in Brooklyn, New York and were called as back up to the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in the early hours of Feb. 20. Other than those few details, very little information has been released so far. Both officers are reported to be in stable condition at this point and receiving treatment at Kings County Hospital, according to NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton. One of the officers was shot in the chest but was saved by his bullet proof vest. The other officer was shot in the lower back. Mayor de Blasio said in a statement that the officers "were alert”, although he declined to give their names. “They were talkative in fact.”
One of the officers is reportedly a nine-year veteran and father of two with a pregnant wife. He had just made a different gun arrest the day before he was shot. In an ironic twist, the father of one of the officers (a retired cop) had also been shot in the line of duty and was similarly saved by his vest, according to Commissioner Bratton.
The incident occurred this morning around 3:20 a.m. ET, when two uniformed housing officers heard shots fired near an intersection close to the 81st Precinct. When they approached the suspect he allegedly threatened them with a revolver and took off in a vehicle. The two officers called for back up. A car chase ensued, and the suspect ended up driving the wrong way down Lexington Ave, ramming a marked patrol car. Shots were fired, with the suspect being hit numerous times. After the shootout, a .357 magnum with five spent shell casings was reportedly found in the suspect's car.
While the NYPD has been suffering under public scrutiny lately, particularly with the recent manslaughter conviction of NYPD officer Peter Liang in the shooting of Akai Gurley, there has largely been nothing but support and well wishes expressed for the unnamed officers across social media.
What a horrible way to wake up... 2 cops shot in Brooklyn. Please send your prayers their way!! #NYPD Awaiting word on their condition— Michael Safoschnik (@MikeSafo) February 20, 2016
Happy Saturday to all... especially to 2 cops shot over night in Brooklyn, or Crooklyn...God Bless....— j legro (@jlegrottagli) February 20, 2016
My thoughts & prayers are with 2 cops shot in Brooklyn!— Sal Albanese (@SalAlbaneseNYC) February 20, 2016
The good news: Both officers are expected to make a full recovery.
Both officers are alert, in stable condition & expected to make a full recovery. The investigation is ongoing.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 20, 2016
No word has been released regarding the updated condition of the suspect.