Officer Injured In Weekend Gun Battle Released From Hospital
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The last of four New York City police officers shot on the job in a weekend gun battle has returned home to his family.
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Surrounded by dozens of cheering officers, Det. Michael Keenan was released from Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“I’ve known Mike a long time,” retired Lt. Cory Cuneo said. “Hhe’s always been a gentleman, he’s always been a consummate professional, he’s always been the guy you want there with you if things are going to go bad.”
The 52-year-old, who joined the force in 1984, was shot in the calf during an intense hostage standoff with 33-year-old suspect Nakwon Foxworth on Sunday.
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The ex-con had a small arsenal of illegal weapons inside his apartment when he got into an argument with moving company employees in front of a Sheepshead Bay apartment building on Nostrand Avenue, police said.
The movers called 911 after Foxworth allegedly threatened them with a gun. That’s when authorities said Foxworth retreated to his sixth floor apartment and barricaded himself inside with his pregnant girlfriend and 4-month-old baby.
It was only after the woman grabbed the child and made a run for it that Emergency Service Unit cops went inside to try to nab Foxworth, police said.
Foxworth fired 12 shots at the officers using an illegal, sawed-off military-style assault rifle, police said.
The officers returned fire and struck Foxworth in the abdomen, critically injuring the suspect.
Foxworth, who authorities said was released from prison two years ago after serving 10 years for attempted murder and robbery, has been charged with attempted murder, assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.
Three other officers shot during the incident have already been treated and released.