A man charged with shooting at a police officer whose gun belt shielded him from the bullet told jurors Monday he acted out of fear for his life, saying he didn’t recognize the men who confronted him on a nighttime street as police.
A New York City police officer says the impact felt “like a sledgehammer” when a bullet slammed into his hip, where his gun belt saved him from serious injury.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Sunday at 566 Shepherd Avenue in East New York.
A man was shot and killed in the East New York section of Brooklyn Sunday afternoon, in what police said may have been a landlord-tenant dispute.
Official say on Feb. 27, Luis Martinez opened fire when officers Thomas Richards and Thomas Dunne approached him on Columbia Street near the Bernard M. Baruch Houses.
One round was deflected by police Officer Thomas Richards’ spare ammunition magazine on his gun belt.
“We’re lucky again,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “If it had been up an inch it would’ve been right into the officer’s body.”