NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An NYPD officer was shot in the head late Saturday in Queens Village, Queens, and a suspect was later taken into custody.
Two 105th Precinct officers were in an unmarked squad car near 212th Street and 104th Avenue during the 6 p.m. hour, when they saw a man walking down the street and adjusting an object in his waistband, police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference.READ MORE: New Yorkers Urged To Wrap Up Holiday Weekend Travel Before Sunday Evening Storm
Officers watched as the suspect walked south on 212th Street and turning down 104th Road, Bratton said. When they confronted him about what he was doing with his waistband, the man turned and shot one of the officers, Brian Moore, in the head as the officers sat in the squad car, Bratton said.
The other officer, Erik Jansen, radioed for assistance, and officers began canvassing the area, Bratton said. A suspect – identified by Bratton as Demetrius Blackwell, 35 – was arrested 90 minutes later in front of 104-25 212th Pl., Bratton said.
During the search, dozens of police officers, marked and unmarked cars, emergency service unit trucks, K9 units, and police helicopters flooded the scene in the Queens Village neighborhood, and officers could be seen searching house-by-house, looking in backyards, under cars and walking on top of roofs with their flashlights.
Some neighbors invited officers who were going door-to-door to check their backyards, garages and sheds for a gunman.