01/01/2007

Off-duty N.Y. officer shot and wounded by escaping bank robber

By Cara Buckley
Copyright 2007 The New York Times

New York, N.Y. -- An off-duty police officer was injured in a shootout Saturday after two masked men who had just robbed a bank tried to commandeer his car, triggering a spirited foot chase on a crowded Queens street, the police said.

The officer, John Lopez, was hit in the leg and was reported in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Elmhurst Hospital Center yesterday afternoon. One of the suspects was shot in the abdomen and leg by the officer and was in critical but stable condition at the same hospital, the police said.

The police yesterday arrested Joseph Pennington, 43, the wounded man, and Dion Mines, 35. They were expected to be charged with assault, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, the police said.

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