10/27/2006

NYPD shoot man after stolen car injures officer

The Associated Press   

NEW YORK- A police sergeant shot an armed man in the face early Friday morning after he backed a stolen car into an officer and broke her leg in three places, authorities said.

Both the man and the officer were hospitalized in stable condition.

The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. while the sergeant, the female officer and a third officer, all in uniform, were searching for stolen cars in the Bronx, police said.

The officers discovered a parked 2003 black Lexus that had the wrong license plates. After running a check of the vehicle's identification number, they learned it had been stolen at gunpoint last week from a car dealership in Queens and decided to wait for the driver to return, police said.

A short time later, a man and woman arrived and entered the car. When the officers moved in to make an arrest, the man allegedly responded by shifting the car into reverse, backing up and pinning the female officer against a pole.

The sergeant, who was standing on the driver's side, fired five rounds into the car, striking the male suspect in the cheek.

Two guns were later recovered in the car, including one in the man's waistband, police said. The woman was taken into custody as part of an investigation.

The names of the suspects and the officers were not immediately released.

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