NYPD officer shot in Queens, suspect in custody

NYPD officer shot and critically wounded in Queens, police catch suspect after extensive search in the area

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A New York City police officer was shot and critically wounded in Queens in his car on Saturday.

Police officer was in plainclothes and pursuing a man suspected to be carrying a gun, New York City Police Department (NYPD) said.

The suspected shooter was apprehended after an extensive search in the Queens neighborhood.

The officer, identified as Brian Moore (25), was taken into Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. His condition is critical but stable.

The shooting occurred at 6:15pm when the officer and his partner pulled their car to a man they suspected to be carrying a gun as he had a waistband.

Then, the suspect pulled his gun and fired at least two rounds into the car, Deputy Chief Kim Royster said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton went to the hospital where the officer was being treated.

This is the fifth shooting of a NYPD officer in last five months but the motives and circumstances of the shootings in each case are different signs.

On December 20 last year, two officers Wenjian Liu (32) and Rafael Ramos (40) were shot and killed when they were sitting in their cars with their police uniforms.

The suspect then committed suicide shooting himself in a nearby metro station.

The incident then caused tension between the police department and Mayor De Blasio as it came short after his comments criticizing police conduct when dealing with minorities, after the recent death of an unarmed black man Eric Garner in the hands of the police when he was subject to chokehold during an encounter with the officers.

Two other police officers were shot and wounded on January 5 in the Bronx but they both survived their injuries.

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