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Police Catch Suspect Who Allegedly Fired At Officers In Far Rockaway

Queens Gun Recovered

A handgun that a suspect allegedly fired at NYPD officers in Queens on Dec. 27. (Credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens teen has been arrested and charged, after he allegedly fired a gun at officers who were chasing him.

Around 12:30 a.m. Friday, NYPD Sgt. Thomas Rouse and officers Richard Schell and Michael Legutko were conducting a plainclothes enforcement operation in the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway.

The officers – all members of the 101st Precinct Anti-Crime Team, found a 19-year-old suspect in a vehicle with a strange bulge in the front pocket of his hooded sweat shirt, police said.

The officers stopped the vehicle at Nameoke Street and Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, and approached the man. The man turned and fired a gun at the officers, police said.

The officers returned fire and the suspect fled north on Beach Channel Drive toward Horton Avenue while Rouse and Schell chased him, police said.

Police caught up to the suspect a block away on Horton Avenue. Following a struggle, the suspect was arrested, police said.

The suspect suffered minor injuries to his nose during the struggle, and was taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment.

No one was injured by the gunfire.

Suspect William Bazemore was later charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and reckless endangerment.

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