Life isn’t getting any easier for the Thin Blue Line.The New York Post reports, Two Brooklyn cops were shot early Saturday in a wild standoff with a man who led them on a car chase before ramming a marked patrol vehicle head-on, sources said.
Police Officer William Reddin was struck in the hip and Police Officer Andrew Yurkiw was hit in his vest at point-blank range, sources told The Post.
Reddin underwent surgery at Kings County Hospital and was in stable condition. His partner was released after treatment for a blunt-force injury, sources said.
The suspect, 34-year-old Jamal Funes of New Jersey, was shot “numerous” times and is in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital, NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton said.The cops spotted Funes with a gun inside his car. When they tried to pull him over he took off, sources said.
As he sped through Bedford-Stuyvesant, Funes shot at the cops from his vehicle, sources said. The officers, part of a plainclothes anti-crime unit working out of the 81st Precinct, called for backup.
Funes drove the wrong way on Lexington Avenue and slammed in to the officers’ marked patrol car.By then, backup had arrived. Funes faced off against eight cops at the intersection of Lexington and Malcolm X Boulevard.
Sadly, as is so often the case, the shooter was no stranger to crime. He has at least 15 prior arrests including assaulting an NYPD cop and trying to take the officer’s gun. He served three years in prison on those charges.In 2006 he was charged with assault in the second-degree for striking a child with a belt and was on probation for a year. And in 2002, he was charged with assault for punching a girl in the face.
Clearly, the criminal reform system did absolutely nothing to set this thug on the straight and narrow. Seems like there’s only one place he needs to be: behind bars.
Thankfully, the officers were not seriously injured.