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N.Y. detective fires shots at gun-wielding suspect

By Bill Mason

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — An on-duty detective fired at a shooting suspect in Brooklyn Friday night after the suspect turned and pointed a handgun in his direction, New York police said.

That gunman and another suspect with him were not hit, police said, and fled, but were found a short time later by police and taken into custody along with a third person, police said.

No charges were announced Friday night, police said, as their investigation was continuing, but at least two of the men taken into custody are suspects in a shooting earlier in the evening in which two people were wounded.

The detective, whose name was not released by police, was in the vicinity of Reid Avenue and Bainbridge Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 7 p.m. when he heard gunshots and saw two men fleeing in a car, police said. The detective followed the car, police said, and when two men got out in the 200 block of Lexington Avenue the detective approached them.

One of the men turned toward the detective with a gun in his hand, police said, and the detective fired twice. No shots were fired back by the suspect, police said.

After the gunfire, the two men fled into a nearby building and were later taken into custody by police, along with a third suspect, police said. A handgun was recovered in the Lexington Avenue area, police said.

Two males, ages 17 and 20, were shot earlier at the Reid Avenue and Bainbridge Street location, police said. One was struck in the elbow and the other in the ankle, police said. They were taken to Kings County Hospital Center where both were reported in stable condition, police said.

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