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NY cop escapes injury in gun battle

One shot struck Officer Thomas Richards's gun belt, but the bullet was deflected by a spare ammunition magazine

By Joseph Goldstein
The New York Times Blogs

NEW YORK — A police officer shot and wounded an armed gunman early Monday during a running gun battle that spanned several blocks across the Lower East Side, the police said in a statement.

The shootout began after two officers, Thomas Richards and his partner, Thomas Dunne, got out of a police van on Columbia Street and approached a 25-year-old man, Luis Martinez, about 1:44 a.m., the police said.

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