NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspect has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting that sent a pair of NYPD officers to the hospital.
Charlie Vasquez, 23, also faces assault and firearm charges after he allegedly opened fire on Officer Robert Holmes and a female officer on Nov. 24 in the Belmont section.READ MORE: 'A Tragic Loss Of Life:' Michelle Go Remembered As Selfless Volunteer After Deadly Subway Push In Times Square
The cops were sent to Beaumont Avenue and East 187th Street just after 8 p.m.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said they arrived and encountered the suspect sitting on the front stoop of the building.READ MORE: Driver Charged After 15-Year-Old Girl Struck, Killed By School Bus In Brooklyn Hit-And-Run
“As the male officer opens the front gate, he’s speaking to the individual and he immediately says, ‘Can you take your hands out of your pockets?’ As he takes a step towards him, the individual stands up, the gun comes out, and the shots are fired,” Shea said. “It all happens within a second.”
Police said Vasquez fired four shots and the female officer fired five. She was struck twice in the arm and her partner, Holmes, was hit in the chest.Mother Of 19-Year-Old Killed At East Harlem Burger King Seeks Tough Sentence For Alleged Shooter
Vasquez was taken into custody the night of the shooting and was also in the hospital.