05/23/2006

Attempted-murder charge in N.Y. police foot shooting

The Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- A man accused of shooting a policeman in the foot as they struggled for the officer's gun has been charged with attempted murder.

A Westchester County grand jury indicted Michael Mitchell, 33, of the Bronx, on charges including first-degree attempted murder and attempted aggravated murder, District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Monday.

On April 19, Detective Matthew Frank was questioning Mitchell at Mount Vernon police headquarters about the shooting death of a local businessman. As the detective was leaving the room, Mitchell lunged for his gun, police said. In the struggle, Frank was shot in the foot, they said.

Mitchell was subdued by other officers and suffered a cut to his head, police said. He had not been handcuffed because he was not a suspect, they said.

The district attorney's office said Mitchell, who was in custody Monday, did not have an attorney of record.

The killing of the businessman, Glenn Brown, 47, remains unsolved. He was shot in the head and chest on April 14 as he was driving to meet his accountant.

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