NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– Authorities detailed Thursday night what happened leading up to a police-involved shooting earlier in the evening in Brooklyn.
The incident happened at around 6 p.m. on Grafton Street at Livonia Avenue in Brownsville.
Police said a detective and a police officer from the Brooklyn South Narcotics unit were conducting a “buy and bust operation” in the area when they saw a 20-year-old man pull out a firearm.
The officers, who the NYPD said were in plainclothes and sitting in an unmarked police vehicle, got out of the car and began to approach the suspect when he fired what authorities said was a Colt 45 semi-automatic handgun.
The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect in the hand, police said. The suspect was taken to Brookdale Hospital and was listed in stable condition.
Authorities also said the two officers were brought to Kings County Hospital for tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. They were both listed in stable condition.
Community activist Tony Herbert reacted to the news of the shooting, saying the incident was another reason to get guns off the streets, 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer reported.
In light of the recent protests surrounding the police shooting of Kimani Gray, Herbert called for calm. Gray was shot and killed on March 9 by two officers in East Flatbush.
“To all those outsiders, do not come into Brownsville with the nonsense that you took over into the 67 [Precinct]. We do not need that here. What we need is the community working together. All our leaders have been notified,” Herbert said.
Others in the community said there were just too many people out on the streets looking for trouble.
“If you want to live rough, that’s the life they’re going to have to end up paying. It’s time for people to wake up, especially young kids,” one woman said.
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