Off-duty rookie shoots
and wounds knife-wielding suspect
[New York, NY]

By John Marzulli Daily News Police Bureau Chief
December 30, 2000, Saturday Sports Final Edition
Copyright 2000 Daily News, L.P.
Daily News (New York)
December 30, 2000, Saturday Sports Final Edition

(NEW YORK) -- An off-duty rookie cop shot and wounded a knife-wielding man yesterday in a Manhattan subway station, police said. Officer Rance Camerena was waiting for a train at 14th St. and Eighth Ave. about 1:15 p.m. when he noticed a man menacing passengers on the northbound platform of the A, C and E lines.

Camerena, who joined the force in March and is assigned to Transit District No. 4 in Union Square, identified himself and ordered the man to drop the knife, police said.

The suspect, identified as David Brown, 35, turned toward Camerena, and the cop shot him in the groin, police said.

Brown attempted to flee on the tracks but was arrested and taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

In another incident, police officials said yesterday that a Bronx cop wounded in the ankle Thursday night shot himself or was hit by friendly fire while investigating a report of a man with a gun inside 739 E. 213th St.

Officer John Aherne of the 47th Precinct and three other cops fired a total of 12 shots when they were confronted by a suspect holding what appeared to be a .45-caliber handgun.

The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.

Suspect Ruel Christian, 18, was shot in the right leg and taken to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition. He was charged with weapon possession and menacing.

Aherne was scheduled to undergo surgery yesterday.

Officials said both shootings appeared to be within department guidelines.

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