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Prosecutors: Man Indicted On Charges He Opened Fire At NYPD Officers

One Of The Bullets Hit A Spare Clip On Officer Thomas Richards’ Gunbelt
This is the magazine that saved officer Thomas Richards' life on Feb. 27, 2012. (credit: NYPD)

This is the magazine that saved officer Thomas Richards’ life on Feb. 27, 2012. (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man accused of shooting at two cops in lower Manhattan has been indicted.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Luis Martinez was indicted Thursday on attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges for firing at two NYPD officers last month.

Official say on Feb. 27, Martinez opened fire when officers Thomas Richards and Thomas Dunne approached him on Columbia Street near the Bernard M. Baruch Houses.

One of the bullets hit a spare clip on Richards’ gunbelt.

Police say the suspect then took off and as the officers chased Martinez, they returned fire. Authorities say during the chase, Martinez was also shot and then ran to his apartment on Baruch Drive where he was arrested.

Cops say they found the gun Martinez used in a trash compactor.

“Our police officers risk their lives every day to protect civilians from harm,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “A metal gun magazine and its leather pouch was all that stood in the way of a bullet piercing an officer’s abdomen.”

Both the officer and Martinez were sent to the hospital for treatment.

Officials say it was the fourth shooting of an NYPD officer in two months.