NEW YORK (AP) – Authorities say a New York City man was wounded by police after fleeing plainclothes officers and opening fire on them.
Eighteen-year-old Matthew Melendez was struck three times and was in stable condition at Harlem Hospital. None of the officers were injured.
Police say the officers spotted Melendez early Sunday morning at East 119th Street and Lexington Avenue, adjusting what they believed to be a weapon in his waistband.
Upon approaching Melendez, the suspect dashed off with the officers in pursuit.
Police say Melendez then turned around and opened fire at them. The officers returned fire, striking the suspect before arresting him.
Melendez’ mother, Mildred Faverey, told the New York Daily News on its website Sunday that her son “wouldn’t do that.”
Melendez was arrested on charges including attempted murder.
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