09/22/2007

NYPD plainclothes officer shoots fleeing gunman

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — An officer shot a man who ran after he was spotted carrying a gun, marking the city's second police shooting in two days, police said.

The latest shooting came after plainclothes officers noticed the 19-year-old man and his gun early Saturday in the South Bronx, according to police. After a short chase, one of the officers fired at him.

Witness Veronica Corchado told WCBS-TV she saw two officers run after the man and later heard two shots.

Police said the man was hit once in the leg and was in stable condition at a local hospital. He was arrested on charges including criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. No information was immediately available on whether he had a lawyer.

Officers said they collected a .380-caliber gun at the scene.

A police officer was taken to a hospital with a hand injury, but the officer wasn't shot, police said. The officer was in stable condition.

The shooting came nearly 24 hours after officers shot a 45-year-old man in the northern Bronx early Friday. Police said he threatened officers with a kitchen knife during a traffic stop of a stolen car.

That man, also hit in the leg, was hospitalized in stable condition and under arrest on charges including attempted murder and attempted assault.

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