NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A suspected carjacker was killed in Brooklyn after an early morning shootout with an off-duty police lieutenant.
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The shooting occurred around 4:15 a.m. Thursday in the Cypress Hills section. Police say an off-duty cop witnessed the driver of another car take off on foot after slamming his car into a divider and then a light pole near Jamaica Avenue.
The cop went after him from the crash scene and that’s when police say the suspect fired at the lieutenant, who then shot back, striking the suspect.
Residents who heard and saw the scene as it unfolded say they’re stunned.
“I heard four gunshots, one and then three after. Then I heard sirens,” said one woman.
Police say the suspect, who was later identified as 22-year-old Christopher Kissane, died at the hospital.
Cops say Kissane was also suspected in a shooting and carjacking attempt in Queens before he allegedly carjacked the vehicle that crashed on Jamaica Avenue just before the shootout.
Some Cypress Hills residents say violent crime has them hiding in their homes after dark.
“Our community right now is very apprehensive as far coming out,” said Brooklyn community activist Jason Henrique. “There’s no help coming from anywhere.”
“Thank God a kid and his mother or person who was on his way to work didn’t get killed or didn’t get run down by this person,” Juan Rodriguez, president of the 75th Precinct Community Council told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.
Police say a loaded .22 caliber revolver was found at the scene as well as a plastic bag with 15 additional rounds.
No one else was injured, but the officer was taken to the hospital for trauma.