NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of firing a bullet that barely missed a New York City police officer’s gut and instead was deflected by a gun belt faces a charge of attempted murder.

Luis Martinez was held in custody after his arraignment Sunday on charges he shot at police officers on Feb. 27 in lower Manhattan.

Martinez’ court-appointed attorney didn’t immediately return a message requesting comment.

The 25-year-old man is accused of opening fire on two police officers after leading them on a chase. One round was deflected by police Officer Thomas Richards’ spare ammunition magazine on his gun belt.

Authorities say Richards and another officer, Thomas Dunne, returned fire.

Martinez was struck in the leg.

The officer was treated and released from a hospital. Martinez was sent to Bellevue Hospital.

Please leave a comment below…

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. NYPDrPIGS says:

    Yawn. Whatever. Guess that unlimited sick time in full swing by now for a few more swine. $100K/yr for doing nothing? No wonder NYC is “broke”.

    Police departments as we know them need to be disbanded in this country and be replaced with a jury duty type selection where citizens are almost chosen completely at random, can serve only 4 hours per day, no more than 3 times per month, and at a salary of no more than $10 per hour. In other words: no more careers in law enforcement (like no full time officials in NFL). ALMOST ANYONE AND EVERYONE CAN BE A COP WHICH SHOULD THUS END THE “US AND THEM” MENTALITY WHICH OVER TIME HAS DEPLETED THE EFFICIENCY AND INTEGRITY OF THE SYSTEM. Give the current piggos generous pensions based on age and time served, show them the door, and disqualify them from the aforementioned new police system.

    1. Me says:

      you sir, are an idiot……

Leave a Reply