Saturday night, an off-duty NYPD cop was wounded and is fighting for his life after a botched heist, according to the NYPD.
🚨WANTED for SHOOTING A POLICE OFFICER🚨: Yesterday at approx. 7 PM, an off-duty NYPD officer was shot during an apparent robbery attempt in the vicinity of Ruby St. & Linden Blvd. in Brooklyn. Anyone with information is asked to DM @NYPDTips, or call 1(800)577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/aHmogFshck
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 5, 2023
The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on the 400 block of Ruby Street in Brooklyn.
“This looks to be an attempted robbery during a vehicle transaction,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a Saturday night news conference, adding that man was fighting for his life.
The cop, a five-year veteran assigned to patrol, is married with children, according to the mayor, Eric Adams. Officials declined to provide the officer’s identity and any information.
NYPD sources stated the officer was in the process of buying a car after a deal made on social media when the alleged sellers drew pistols and said it was a robbery, leading to the exchange of gunfire. According to authoritative law enforcement officials speaking to News 4, investigators are currently examining the possibility of a link between this incident and other recent robberies of a similar nature.
It was the second shooting of an NYPD officer in less than three weeks, the first having occurred in the Bronx on January 17. In one case, a patrolling officer was allegedly shot in the arm by a 16-year-old assailant.