NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An NYPD officer was shot in the face with a BB or pellet gun in Jamaica, Queens late Wednesday afternoon.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, the incident brought a massive police presence to the scene as officers tried to figure out exactly what unfolded.
An NYPD sergeant from the 103rd Precinct was in an unmarked squad car while a detective drove with the window open.
“They heard a loud popping sound coming from the driver’s side of the vehicle,” said NYPD Chief David Barrere. “The officer on the passenger side observed her partner bleeding from his forehead.”
The detective drove himself to Jamaica Hospital Center. Police believe the detective was struck by a BB or pellet gun, perhaps fired by a passing vehicle.
“X-rays and CAT scan reveal that there is a foreign projectile lodged in his forehead,” Barrere said.
The officers did not see the shooter and there was no threat made to police, source said.
The busy intersection became a frozen zone as officers flooded the scene.
“All the buses stop, all the cars stop – seems like four blocks this side, four blocks this side. They stop all the buses. They don’t allow anyone to move,” said Jamaica Avenue merchant Vishal Puri.
A total of 17 Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses were held at the scene. Police hope to recover video from their camera systems.